The Scot is looking forward to doing domestic battle with Mo Farah on the roads after superb run in London
Callum Hawkins will use his fine fourth at the IAAF World Championships marathon on Sunday as further motivation to land major medals in future.
The 25-year-old powered to one of the best ever major championships performances by a British male marathoner, clocking a PB of 2:10:17 to finish behind Kenya’s Boston Marathon winner Geoffrey Kirui, who ran 2:08:27 for gold, Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola with 2:09:49 and Tanzania’s Alphonce Simbu with 2:09:51.
It is the quickest time in World Championships history to have been run by a British athlete and matches Pete Whitehead’s finishing position from 1995.
“I wanted to sneak a medal but I gave it my all and I couldn’t really ask for anything more performance-wise,” said the Scot, who moves to 17th on the UK all-time list after his run in London.
“I knew that I could be close to a medal and I had that in my mind but there were some quality athletes out there today.
“I’m a bit annoyed I could see it (third place) with 200m to go but I just couldn’t catch him in the end.”
Now the man who finished ninth in Rio last year has his mind on future medals.
“I’m getting closer and I’d rather have medals over times. They mean more, they stick longer,” said Hawkins, who had been forced to drop out of the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon in the lead-up to London as he had been on antibiotics before the race and came close to having heatstroke.
“I’m still only 25 and we’ll just see how it goes. I’ll go on to the Commonwealth Games and then Tokyo.”
Hawkins is also relishing the prospect of doing domestic battle with Mo Farah when the 10-time global track gold medallist switches to focus on road racing after this season.
“Hopefully he’ll be seeing my back,” Hawkins said with a grin. “No, he’s a quality athlete and hopefully it will be a good head-to-head.
“It will bring a lot of attention to the marathon, definitely on the British side. He’s a big name in the world and he’s brought a lot of attention to British running, which is good.”
» A report on the IAAF World Championships men’s marathon can be found here