Olympic, European and Commonwealth long jump champion has decided to concentrate on the outdoor season and will no longer form part of the GB team for Prague
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!”