Suffolk athlete Wilkinson wins bronze medal at European U-23 Champs

Callum Wilkinson, who won a bronze medal in the 20K race walk at the European Under-23 Championships

Callum Wilkinson, who won a bronze medal in the 20K race walk at the European Under-23 Championships in Sweden. Picture: PA - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Suffolk athlete Callum Wilkinson won a bronze medal in the men’s 20K race walk at the European Under-23 Athletics Championships, held in Gavle, Sweden, earlier today.

An in-form Wilkinson, of Moulton near Newmarket, finished third in 1hr 22mins 13secs for the 20km distance.

Russia's Vasiliy Mizinov, the pre-race favourite, won in 1:21.29 with Turkey's Salih Korkmaz second in 1:21.32.

Wilkinson, who was the co-captain of the British squad, went through half-way at 10K in 40:53, and although content with a bronze medal, would have liked even better.

"The fact that I've got mixed feelings over a bronze medal shows how far I've come and the huge amount of work myself and my team have put in," said Wilkinson.


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"I did it the hard way and it was a very tough race, but I've got my medal. I tried to stay with the Russian but I got a couple of cards so had to pull back and be more controlled. Yet I felt I was in better shape than that performance showed."

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