Guernsey’s 400m hurdles great has pulled out of next week’s European Championships, removing his name from the Great Britain squad competing between 15-21 August at Munich’s Olympic stadium.
His bronze-medal feat at Birmingham 2022 had belied a tough immediate build-up, including an untimely bout of Covid, and he admitted it does not feel right to race at the championships.
‘When I represent GB, I want to be at my best and fully fit,’ he said.
The last four months have showed the younger Chalmers brother reaching new heights.
After producing his fastest season opener ever in April, he ran an exceptional 48.88sec. Island record at Belgium’s Ifam Oordegem, won a third straight British title and represented GB at the World Championships.
His stellar season culminated in securing the island’s first Commonwealths track and field medal – which Athletics Weekly chose to list among their top 10 moments from the Games.
The 22-year-old has unsurprisingly kept that medal close to him, including sleeping with it by his side.
‘It was a really, really incredible night,’ he reflected.
Elder brother Cam had been selected for the 4x400m relay at the Europeans but has also opted out following his own fitness concerns.