Guy Learmonth admits he will have to pick himself up and dust himself off after taking a tumble in the 800m at the Sainsbury’s Summer Grand Prix at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium on Sunday.
It’s been an impressive 12 months for Learmonth after he finished sixth in the final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games before an indoor campaign this year that saw him take the British title and finish sixth at the European Indoor Championships in Prague.
But that form hasn’t quite translated into the outdoor season and he had to watch on as Nijel Amos took victory in Birmingham after a collision sent Learmonth to the ground.
Luckily the 22-year-old only had a few bumps and grazes to contend with and he says he has to forget the disappointment and move onto the next challenge.
“I got tripped up just trying to stay out of trouble, I was in a good position riding the shoulder and I think I just got clipped and went down,” said Learmonth, speaking at the event, a partnership with British Athletics that builds on Sainsbury’s support for the 2012 Paralympics and recognises that sport can unite and inspire children of all ages.
“It was really frustrating because I’m in good knick but it’s just one of those things, I’ve got a few bumps and grazes but I’ll be alright.
“The past two months have been intense with training so it’s disappointing but the goal is the world championships and I don’t think it’s a problem that I won’t get that standard.
“I’m really disappointed with what happened, I think it was my fault but it’s only my first 800 of the season so I’ll pick myself up and move on from here.”
Learmonth has a trip to Russia for the European Team Championships coming up later this month but admits he will look to get to action sooner rather than later.
“I need to pick myself up now and get a race before the European Team Championships and then I will just take it from there,” he added.
“It’s early days but that doesn’t make it any easier I want to get the season going and that is a wee setback so I have to recover.”
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