British 1500m champion finished ninth at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing
Speaking ahead of the IAAF World Championships 1500m final, Charlie Grice had explained how he wanted to “seize the opportunity” after the disappointment of falling at the European Championships 12 months before.
The 21-year-old made up for it by running two of his four fastest ever times in Beijing to finish ninth in his first major global final.
Clocking 3:35.58 in the semi-finals for his second quickest time behind the 3:35.29 PB he set in July, Grice went on to run 3:36.21 two days later in a final won by Asbel Kiprop in 3:34.40 as the Kenyan claimed his third world title.
“I don’t think anyone expected me to get this far apart from me and my coach,” said the Brighton Phoenix athlete, who is coached by Jon Bigg.
“To be in this company, it gives me confidence,” he added. “There were four Kenyans in there. They were tough, very tough. I was the only European in the race which is promising so I’ve come on a lot this year and definitely belong in this company.”
Assessing his performance in the Chinese capital, Grice continued: “I was hoping for slightly higher, but 3:36 is probably in my top five times, so I can’t be too disappointed.
“If you’d have told me top 10 at the start of the season, I would have taken that.”
» The September 3 edition of Athletics Weekly magazine is a World Championships special and includes coverage of the final five days of action in Beijing, while the August 27 edition featured reports and more from the first four days