Aberdeen’s Zoey Clark was agonisingly close to another podium finish in the 400m at the British Championships in Birmingham.
Champion last year, Clark, 23, who set the fastest qualifying time (52.26secs) ahead of yesterday’s final, will now face a wait to see if she will be one of Team GB’s three athletes in the women’s 400m at the Berlin European Championships next month.
She had looked well placed on the final bend in the lane next to winner Anyika Onuora (51.97) but couldn’t snatch third place from Amy Allcock on the line, finishing in 52.13.
The Aberdeen Sports Village-based athlete, who ran the European Championships qualifying standard earlier this year at the Commonwealth Games, had made ground on Onuora in the first 200m, but saw those gains slip away, and will now need the nod from selectors to compete in the individual competition in Germany.
Clark said: “I knew the race would be difficult as it is a very competitive year for 400 running.
“I’m disappointed not to medal, but after a long year of competing I’m happy to be consistently running good times.
“Although an individual spot at Europeans may not happen, my performance should put me in a good position for relay selection, where GB will have a very strong team.”
Laviai Nielsen was second in the final and will get an automatic place in the GB team for Berlin alongside Onuora.
New British champion Onuora, who came away from the Gold Coast Games earlier this year without a medal, said: “I’m so, so pleased. I fought so hard to get to where I am now.”
She added: “Coming here, getting the job done and securing my spot for Europeans was the most important thing and I did it.”
Clark had been looking to cement her place at her third major international competition this year.
She and her team-mates broke the Scottish 4x400m relay record Down Under as they finished fifth in a strong field.
In February, she won silver at the world indoors with the Team GB 4x400m relay girls.
She will still be in line for a place in the Berlin relay squad should she not be handed the third individual berth.
Stonehaven’s Kelsey Stewart pulled out of the 400m in Birmingham because of a chest infection.
Meanwhile, Scotland’s Laura Muir blew the field away to win the British 800m title in a time of 2:01.22, and afterwards she revealed she’d asked selectors to enter her in both the 800m and 1,500m for Berlin.
Muir said: “At the moment we asked the selectors to enter me into both events.
“It’s still a long way off but I’ve asked to be in the two.
“Training has been going really well.
“I have a few hard races lined up before then so I am hoping to run some fast times.
“I am happy I came out and did the job I wanted to do today. I’ve never won an 800m title outdoors so I am delighted with that.”
Muir’s fellow Scot Lynsey Sharp was fifth in 2:02.38.