Cam goes one better with silver
CAM CHALMERS’ expert pacing enabled him to upgrade to a shining silver at the British Championships yesterday.
While hurdling brother Alastair had run quickly and narrowly missed a medal of his own, giving promise for the future, the elder Chalmers sibling was clearly the outstanding Sarnian performer at Alexander Stadium.
The two-years consecutive 400m bronze medallist went one better than before, keeping his cool as several rivals made ambitious starts, and entered the home straight in a superb position.
There had been no catching No. 1 Matt Hudson-Smith, but Chalmers’ strong finish decisively saw off several key threats, notably Rabah Yousif and Dwayne Cowan.
Chalmers finished in a season’s best of 45.84sec., with Hudson-Smith clear at 45.15 but his main rivals left scrambling for times in the mid-46s.
Guernsey Athletics development officer Tom Druce had been awestruck with Chalmers’ performance and said: ‘Outstanding run – ran his own race, which was important with Hudson-Smith one lane inside him.
‘Season’s best at exactly the right time – hugely impressive.’
Earlier, young Alastair had found himself just outside the medal zone – and the desired sub-50 – over 400m hurdles.
Running a well-measured race and clearly giving his all in the home straight, the 19-year-old looked certain of a top-five.
But he could not quite close down the established top-three.
Fellow Bath student Jacob Paul won narrowly in 49.57, with previous champion and former world title-holder Dai Greene and season-leader Chris McAlister following rapidly, then came the Guernseyman in 50.11 – four-hundredths outside his own British U20 record.
‘Fourth place at this level though, at 19, is still a huge achievement,’ said Druce.