9:00am Saturday 12th May 2012
By Owen Houlihan
DAVE Bishop says he will be disappointed if he does not capitalise on his fine start to the summer by running himself into a Great Britain vest.
The Chippenham middle-distance man has emerged as a surprise late contender for Olympic places after a series of spectacular performances in recent weeks.
Bishop, who turned 25 yesterday, clocked 3:37.51 for the 1500m at an event in California late last month – inside the Olympic B qualifying standard and the second fastest time by a British runner so far this year.
And he followed up by smashing his 3000m personal best to win a specially-arranged race at London’s Olympic Stadium last weekend, dipping under eight minutes (7:56.37 for the first time.
Bishop, pictured, who splits his time between Britain and America after finishing a course at the Univesity of New Mexico in Albuquerque last year, said: “I’ve considered myself in great shape for the best part of a year and it puts something like the Olympics in a more realistic light now.
“I’ll be pretty disappointed if I don’t run event faster than I am now and if I don’t give myself the chance of a Great Britain senior place, if not in the Olympics then the Europeans, this summer.’’
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