Published: 18 July 2011 at 10:10
James Shane captures silver medal at Under-23s Championships in Ostrava
Anglia Ruskin University student James Shane claimed a silver medal in the 1,500m at the European Under-23s Athletics Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Sunday [17 July].
The 21-year-old, who is studying Primary Education in Chelmsford, has already enjoyed a superb summer: setting personal bests in both the 1,500m and 800m; winning bronze for Great Britain in the European Team Championships in Sweden; and making his debut in the Diamond League – the top tier of international Grand Prix events.
James upset the form book in Ostrava – he was ranked seventh in the field – to take silver in 3:50.58 following a tactical race, having run 3:41.55 in the heats to book his place in Sunday’s final.
The gold medal was won by France’s Florian Carvalho in 3:50.42, with James holding off Spaniard David Bustos by one hundredth of a second following a sprint finish that kicked off 300m from home.
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