Belmont runner to race for a spot on host nation's Olympic team

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 8:04pm
Staff reports

If this weekend goes right for Marcus Bridger-Wilkinson he won’t have to go far to represent his country in the Olympics.

Bridger-Wilkinson, a rising junior at Belmont, has qualified for the 1,500-meter run in the Great Britain Olympic Trials. The 20-year-old is one of more than 750 athletes that will be on hand this weekend at the trials in Birmingham, England.

The top two performers in each event with an Olympic ‘A’ standard, which is 3:35.5 in the 1,500, earn a spot in the Olympics, which begin July 27 in London.

Bridger-Wilkinson, who is from Oxford, England, qualified for the trials by placing third in the 1,500 meters last weekend at the U23 English national championships.

This spring, he broke Belmont’s 36-year-old record in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:45.92. He earned First-Team All-Atlantic Sun honors after finishing first in the 1,500 meters at the conference meet. He finished 22nd overall at the NCAA East Regional and just missed advancing to nationals.

1 Comment on this post:

By: jambenp on 6/20/12 at 6:50

Surprised this close to Olympics trials none of the so-called "local" papers have published anything about Middle Tennessee athletes competing for the US Olympic teams. Instead we get a stock release by the Belmont Media department about an UK athlete.

Congratulations and best wishes to the young man.

Weak reporting to the "local" papers.