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Tom completed a Carnegie School of Sport one-two behind fellow graduate Callum Wilkinson at the British 20km Race Walk Trials held in London recently.

The twelve-time British champion had already achieved the qualifying time in 2019, so only needed a top-two finish at the event to secure a spot at this summer’s games. 

Race-winner Callum put in a brave solo effort and looked on course to reach the qualifying time at the halfway stage, but strong winds dented his challenge in the closing stages.

He finished narrowly outside of the target time but will have more opportunities to qualify before the games begin in July.

The men’s and women’s walking trials took place alongside the British marathon and were coordinated by Dr Ian Richards, Course Director for the undergraduate courses in Sports Business Management and Sport Marketing in the Carnegie School of Sport.

Ian has been involved in the organisation of national and international athletics events for over 20 years and is an International Athletics Technical Official.

Speaking about the event, Ian said: “We had a unique opportunity to stage the event in an amazing location in Kew Gardens alongside the marathon trials. The challenges of Covid-19 restrictions and national lockdowns has created some real organisational and logistical challenges.

“These have provided a great learning opportunity for me and I look forward to sharing this insight with my students in our event management modules in years to come."

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