Callum Wilkinson has walked his way into the history books after breaking a long standing British record at the European Junior Championships.
Competing against the best young race walkers from across Europe in Eskilstuna, Sweden, the Moulton-based ace continued his meteoric rise in the sport, finishing in an impressive seventh position in a time of 41 minutes and 34.63 seconds, shaving almost 80 seconds off his previous best time to surpass the previous best junior mark of 41:52.13 set by Darrell Stone in 1987.
But despite believing the record was within his grasp prior to the championships, the 18-year-old conceded even he was left surprised by the level of his performance.
“I knew the record was going to be in my grasp but to smash it as comfortably as I did was a shock,” he said.
“Having worked as hard as I have this year maybe I shouldn’t have been so surprised, but I still was.
“The pleasing thing is that for large parts of the race I was keeping pace with the leaders and so I’m not disappointed at all to finish seventh.
“I had my own targets of breaking the British record, which I did, so in way that was like its own victory for me.”
However, Wilkinson is refusing to rest on his laurels as he sets his sights on breaking yet more records in the near future as he warned he will only continue to improve.
“Breaking that record is great but I know there is still much more to come from me,” he added.
“I knew the European Championships would be a defining moment in my racing career so far.
“But I want to keep going and progress further.
“The rest of the season I will be focusing on the shorter distances and I want to break the 3km, 2km and 5km records.
“Looking through the all time lists I know I have it in me to break those as well, I want a clean sweep.”