Anglia Ruskin student keeps European rivals in Czech

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.

“I really didn’t think I’d got it (second place),”

James told UK Athletics.

 “I felt much better than yesterday (in the heats), so much more relaxed and comfortable.”

The Newham & Essex Beagles athlete added:

“I just stuck to my race plan; I’d planned to get into a good position then at 300m to go I was just going to fight.  I knew it might be the worst 40 seconds of my life, but it was going to be worth it!”