Athletics: Mohamud Aadan believes has can still qualify for European Championships
PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 May 2018
Thames Valley Harriers was unable to claim qualification time at Night Of The !0,000m PBs on Saturday
Thames Valley Harriers’ Mohamud Aadan insists he has still has not given up hope in representing Great Britain in the 10,000m at the forthcoming European Athletics Championships, writes Ziad Chaudry.
The 27-year-old was unable to achieve the qualifying mark at Highgate Harriers Night Of The 10,000m PBs at Parliament Hill last Saturday.
Aadan did, however, smash his personal best which he set at last year’s event by nearly 30 seconds, clocking 28 minutes and 39 seconds.
That time was under 20 seconds short of the European qualifying mark, though the Shepherds Bush local finished a creditable 16th and the fifth Brit overall.
While the home athletes were battling for European Championships places, this race was also for the prestigious European 10,000m Cup, with Germany’s Richard Ringer taking the honours in 27.36.
Overall, Aadan’s grand efforts helped Great Britain earn a silver medal in the final team standings of the European 10,000m Cup event.
“Clocking a personal best was wonderful,” said Somalian-born Aadan.
“Coming back from a half marathon to run 10,000m on the track in blistering pace was good preparation.
“On top of that, I wasn’t feeling great to go to the race as I picked up something a few days before.
“Nonetheless, a new, a European team silver medal and to be only under 20 seconds from the British qualifying time for European Championships wasn’t a bad night’s work.”
With the European Championships taking place this August in the German city of Berlin, Aadan, who has been with TVH for nearly eight years, is very keen to make the British team.
“That’s what I want indeed,” added the 27-year-old.
Other TVH performances at Highgate Harriers’ Night Of The 10,000m PBs saw Chris Smith clock 31.43 in the men’s C race; Antonio Silva 29.51 in the men’s B race; and Ann-Marie McGlynn, who was representing Ireland, 33.53 in the main women’s A race.
It was a fine night of racing for all involved from Thames Valley Harriers.