Richard in Blistering Form
Stockton sprinter and Tees Active Sports Academy member Richard Kilty faces an anxious wait to discover if he has made the Great Britain team for next month’s World Indoor Championships, despite running the fastest race of his athletics career.
The Gateshead Harrier won his 60m semi-final at the British Indoor Championships and World Championship Trials in a new lifetime best of 6.58 seconds, putting him joint second in the UK rankings and ninth on the UK all-time list.
The 24-year-old went on to finish third in the final behind fastest man in the world over 60m this year James Dasaolu and UK 60 metre record holder Dwain Chambers.
Kilty and Chambers both clocked 6.53 seconds at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport, but a photo finish declared that the Teessider would have to settle for bronze.
The World Indoor Championships take place in Sopot, Poland from March 7-9 but only two athletes will be named for each event when the GB team is announced on February 18.
Croydon’s Dasaolu is guaranteed a seat on the plane after winning at the trials, so the selectors must decide whether they want to opt for Kilty’s youth and promise or the seasoning of Belgrave veteran Chambers, 35, to go alongside him.