Jake Wightman second best in Lille

Poland's Marcin Lewandowski, right, defeats Jake Wightman on the line
Poland's Marcin Lewandowski, right, defeats Jake Wightman on the line
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Jake Wightman said today that missing out on victory at the European Team Championships could be the spur he needs to come up trumps at this weekend’s world championship trials.

The Capital athlete was unable to duplicate his dazzling form at the recent Diamond League in Oslo as he came off second-best in the 1500 metres in Lille to Polish rival Marcin Lewandowski.

But with his showdown with Edinburgh AC club-mates Chris O’Hare and Josh Kerr and Olympic finalist Charlie Grice likely to be one of the most ferocious clashes in Birmingham, Wightman now plans to raise his game to ensure he survives the cut for London in August.

“It would have been nice to come out with the win,” he said. “But when the bell came, I knew I was in a pretty bad place. I had to work hard to get out of it and didn’t run the way I wanted. I had to work to get back to him.

“Second is all right to somebody like that but it would have been a nice confidence boost for this weekend to get that win. It’s just a bit disappointing but I got the workout I wanted. Hopefully it stands me in good stead.”

Great Britain and Northern Ireland finished in fourth place behind Germany, Poland and France when the event concluded last night with Pitreavie’s Eilidh Doyle among six British winners over the three days. “It was useful coming out here ahead of trials and getting two runs back to back,” she said.

Lynsey Sharp, running in a mixed race at the BMC Grand Prix in Watford, ran 1:59.33 – her quickest outdoor effort of 2017 – to extend her lead at the top of the UK 800m rankings ahead of trials.