CHRIS Clarke admits his short-lived career as a 200m runner is now over after he failed to secure a spot at London 2012 at the European Championships in Helsinki at the weekend.
The Milton Keynes athlete is normally a 400m runner but after a disappointing showing at last week’s Olympic Trials in Birmingham where he failed to make the 400m final he was forced to switch his attention to his lesser-preferred shorter distance.
Clarke needed to run the ‘A’ standard twice out in Finland to stand a chance of London selection – a feat he failed to accomplish, but the 22-year-old did make it to his first senior final, finishing sixth in the end.
And Clarke admitted afterwards that the sheer number of races he had run in the last week had caught up with him.
“I got a good start in the final but the last 100m really hit me hard and my legs were really tight,” he said.
“Three 200m here and the trials last weekend as well is a lot, I hoped my body would pull through but it wasn’t to be.
“I thought that maybe all my 400m training would pull me through but I really struggled out there.
“I wanted to get the ‘A’ standard but it wasn’t to be, at least I got the finals though, that’s pretty good considering I didn’t think I would be doing the 200m this year.
“Overall I’m happy, I would have liked to have done a bit better in that final but it’s been a good experience, I’ve enjoyed it.”
Clarke has now resigned himself to missing out on a place at London 2012 but he insists that there are still plenty of positives to take from this season.
“I don’t think I have made the Olympic team so now it will be a case of having a break of a week or two to recover then get back into training to try and run some PBs at the end of the season,” he added.
“I want to get back to the 400m, this was a short career in the 200m, maybe only a month, but the 400m is my event really.
“I might work in a couple of 200m from time to time because that will only benefit my 200 but the longer distance is where I see myself long term.”
UK Athletics selectors are meeting today (Monday) to confirm Great Britian’s squad for London. Greg Rutherford (long-jump) and Mervyn Luckwell (javelin) are all but certain to be picked.