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Whiteman wants faster times after vets recordJuly 22, 2014
The 42-year-old world veteran champion is keen to go quicker after 1:48 800m
Anthony Whiteman reckons there is still room for further improvement after setting a world over-40 record in the 800m, writes Kevin Fahey.
The 42-year-old won the British Milers’ Club Grand Prix race at Trafford earlier this month – earning himself a nice £200 bonus in the club’s Best of British initiative – with a time of 1:48.05 to eclipse his own record of 1:48.22, which he set in America more than two years ago.
“I am quite shocked with that time,” said Whiteman.
“It is always nice as an old warrior to get a surprise like that because really I would have been happy to run 1:49, but I still love racing and winning and sometimes it is all about race craft in executing races properly and that is what I did this evening.”
It is his fastest time since 2003 and ranks him 14th overall in the UK this year.
He followed that mark up with 1:49.51 when finishing behind Paul Goodall at the Oxford Grand Prix a week later.
Whiteman, who looked certain to make the final of June’s Sainsbury’s British Championships 800m before slowing purposely as he had a prior engagement later in the weekend, concentrated on the 1500m when he was at his peak. He reached the semi-finals of the IAAF World Championships and Olympics and has a best of 3:32.34, while his PB for the two-lap event is 1:45.81.
When asked if he thought he could now break 1:48 for 800m he was emphatic in his response. “Most definitely!” he said.
“If I can get the right conditions like we had tonight (in Trafford on July 12) and the right race and it all clicked then yes.
“Probably I should be looking for a race abroad or something and I’m calling a few contacts, but I have to work for a living now!”