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CHAMPIONSHIP READY: Garston athlete races in Watford in preparation for World Championships

 Published on: 13th July 2022   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Garston-born athlete who has qualified for the World Championships returned to the town to compete in an international race last month.

Kyle Langford, an 800m runner who previously placed fourth at the 2017 World Championships, raced in the British Milers Club (BMC) International Grand Prix at Woodside Stadium on June 11.

He came second in the race, which is the premier middle distance athletics competition in the country.

Kyle had spent the week prior recovering from a cracked rib injury after falling down the stairs. He battled through the pain to win a Bryggen Sports BoXX United event in Manchester on June 3, ahead of the Watford race.

Speaking to BMC about the race, Kyle said: “I gave it my all in tough conditions. I’ve had it [injured rib] for about three-and-a-half weeks. I’m either immune to the pain or it’s getting better!”

BMC CEO and Grand Prix director Tim Brennan said: “We had a strong entry from Australia and New Zealand as their athletes are now basing themselves in Europe to prepare for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham later this summer.

“For them, the Watford meeting is a great opportunity take on some of the best young British runners and get a really competitive, fast race.”

In Pfungstadt, Germany, on June 18, Kyle smashed his personal best with a run of 1:44.61. He has now qualified for the British team and will compete in the men’s 800m at the World Championships in Oregon, which take place from July 15-24.

Speaking before Kyle’s place at the championships was confirmed, Donald Langford, Kyle’s father, said: “There are at least 10 athletes who could qualify for the World Championships. Tough job for Kyle, but I feel confident; he’s in really good shape.”

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