Published: 1 August 2011 at 16:13
Anglia Ruskin student runs fastest 1,500m time by a UK athlete this year
Anglia Ruskin University student James Shane continued his remarkable run of form with an incredible victory in the 1,500m at the Aviva UK Trials and Championships in Birmingham yesterday [31 July].
Smashing his personal best by almost three seconds, Shane stretched clear of early frontrunner Nick McCormick in the final lap to win in 3:36.22, the fastest time recorded at a UK Championships since 1986. Andy Baddeley finished in second place in 3:39.44 while McCormick trailed in third in 3:41.66.
Shane’s winning time was also the fastest by a UK athlete this year and has given him an excellent chance of being selected to represent Great Britain at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, later this month.
The 21-year-old from Basildon, who is studying Primary Education at Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus, adds the UK title to the silver medal he won at the European Under-23s Championships last month and a third-place finish on his senior Great Britain debut at the European Team Championships in Sweden in June.
Speaking to the BBC, Steve Cram said that Shane has a great chance of being selected to represent Great Britain in South Korea. The former 1,500m world record holder said:
Stephen Dupree, Head of Sport and Active Lifestyles at Anglia Ruskin, said: