Anglia Ruskin student is running into the form of his life

Published: 11 July 2011 at 10:17

James sets a new 800m personal best in Diamond League meeting

Anglia Ruskin University student James Shane is running into the form of his life after setting yet another personal best yesterday in the 800m at the Birmingham Grand Prix.

The 21-year-old, from Basildon, who also ran a personal best in the 1,500m in Spain last month, was taking part in his first Diamond League meeting, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Mo Farah, Phillips Idowu and Asafa Powell.

After finishing fifth in 1:46.70, two seconds behind two-time world indoor champion Abubaker Kaki from Sudan, James said he was thrilled with his performance in front of the BBC TV cameras.

“The atmosphere was fantastic and the stadium was packed – it was so noisy.  I’m really delighted with my run and even happier that I didn’t come last,”

said James, who finished ahead of 2010 European Championships silver medallist Michael Rimmer.

“Everyone in my race had a faster personal best than me, so everyone that I beat was a major scalp.”

James, who is studying Primary Education in Chelmsford, will be next in action in Ostrava in the Czech Republic this weekend, as he represents Great Britain in the 1,500m at the European Under-23 Championships.

However, he warned that the World Championships in South Korea at the end of August might be a hurdle too far this season.

“I’ve always run both the 800m and 1,500m, and this was an opportunity to help sharpen myself up for next weekend,”

added James.

“I’m not too sure yet whether the Worlds will be possible this year. It’s a long season to try and peak for both the Under-23 Championships and the World Championships – and there’s also the travelling to Korea to take into account, which can’t be underestimated.

“I’ll have a proper think about the Worlds when I return from Ostrava but I don’t want to get ahead of myself, especially as I haven’t reached the qualifying standard yet!”