Wilkinson delighted with silver medal at Time Trials

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Callum Wilkinson continued his impressive medal haul in 2017 by finishing second in the 5000m race walk at the British Indoor Time Trials.

The Moulton athlete clocked a time of 19 minutes and 49.23 seconds to take the silver medal in the two-day event, which was held at the English Institute of Sport, in Sheffield, at the weekend.

Wilkinson finished more than a minute behind the winner Tom Bosworth, who broke his own British record with a winning time of 18.39.47 to take the gold.

But for Wilkinson, who is stepping up into the senior ranks this year, a silver medal was a pleasing achievement.

“I’m really pleased,” the 19-year-old said.

“To be the best in my category (under-23s) I’m delighted with and to get a silver medal at the age of 19, I’m really excited.

“I knew with the shape I was in it was kind of set for me to do well.

“I knew Tom might be in good shape as well, but we both agreed we weren’t expecting even a few seconds to come off the record.

“But he broke the record by a massive margin, which was incredible and I had the best seat in the house if you like, watching him do it while I was also in the race.”

Wilkinson’s silver medal on Sunday was the second of his successes in Sheffield so far this year, with the Leeds Beckett University student claiming first place in the England Athletics Indoor Championships 3000m race walk at the start of January.

The teenager’s time of 11:35 set a UK under-23 indoor record, while his time of 19:20:68 in a 5000m race walk in Bratislava, Slovakia at the end of last month was the second best ever by a Briton indoors.

Wilkinson will now turn his attention to the England Athletics Championships, which take place in Coventry on Sunday, March 5.

The 2016 world junior champion is set to compete in the 10km race walk, which he won last year with a then personal best time of 41:31.

Following next month’s trip to Coventry, the Ron Wallwork-trained race-walker will start to switch his focus to the longer distance and the 20km race walk, which he is determined to be a part of on the world stage this summer.

“I’m confident I can be on the start line on the Mall in London (for the IAAF World Championships) on August 13,” Wilkinson said.

“That’s the driving force for me now and I’ll be putting all my energy into making sure I am there performing on the world stage.”