BERWICK athlete Guy Learmonth is homing in on his first Great Britain senior vest, having recorded the qualifying time for next month’s European Indoor Championships in Sweden.
He is now aiming for a top two finish at the British Athletics European Trials and UK Championships this weekend, which would see him secure a spot in the Great Britain team for next month’s European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg.
Learmonth ran under the 1.48 minute qualifying time in Austria last week, when he came third in the Vienna Classic race behind two of the world’s top runners this season, Zan Rudolph of Slovakia and Giovanni Benadetti of Italy.
His time of 1 min 47.94 sec in that race means Learmonth is assured a place on the plane to Sweden if he finishes first or second in the 800m final in Sheffield on Sunday.
It will be no easy task for the Loughborough University student, who will be pitted against Britain’s best, with Olympic finalist Andrew Osagie and Wales’ Joe Thomas also vying to do the business over 800m at the weekend, in a televised race that promises to be one of the highlights of the championships.
Only the first two to cross the line at the trials are guaranteed automatic qualification for Gothenburg, providing they have the European qualifying indoor standard time of 1min 48sec.
But Learmonth, who is in the form of his life according to coach Henry Gray, is going into the trials brimming with confidence after running sub 1.48 for the first time indoors last week, a time which sees him sitting pretty at the top of the British rankings for the current indoor season.
At just 20 years old, Learmonth has Tom McKean’s Scottish senior indoor 800mtrs record of 1min 46.22sec in his sights.