Zoey Clark is focused on helping Great Britain achieve more 4x400m relay success at next month’s European championships in Berlin after missing out on selection for the individual 400m event.
The Aberdeen AAC runner set an impressive personal best time of 51.36sec in the Muller Games IAAF Diamond League meeting at the London Stadium on Sunday but it wasn’t quite enough to gain the third and final individual place on the team for Germany.
Her time, the fifth best ever recorded by a Scot, was the same as that given to Amy Allcock (Aldershot Farnham and District) who was, however, judged to have been slightly ahead at the finish. Allcock, who also finished one place in front of Clark at the British championships earlier in the month, got the nod when the final team was announced. Anyika Onuora (Liverpool) and Laviai Nielsen (Enfield and Haringey) had been selected earlier.
Clark has been included in a 10-strong 4x400m relay squad which also includes fellow Scots Eilidh Doyle (Pitreavie AC) and Kirsten McAsland (Sale Harriers).
Clark said: “I was really pleased to knock 0.5sec off my previous best 400m time at London, but I guess I didn’t feel quite so good about it as I would normally because it wasn’t enough.
“After that I knew I’d probably not be picked for the individual 400m so I have mixed feelings, but now I can concentrate on the relay.”
The Aberdeen athlete has an impressive record when representing Great Britain in major international competitions over the past year.
She was part of the 4x400m relay squad which won bronze at the 2017 world outdoor championships in London and took relay silver at the world indoors in Birmingham earlier this year.
Clark also helped Scotland finish fifth in the 4x400m at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, setting a national record time of 3min 29.18secs.
And earlier this month she was part of another GB quartet which took fifth position in the World Athletics Cup in London.
Now she’s hoping to add to her honours in Germany, but admits she’s taking nothing for granted.
She said: “We have a very strong relay squad as seven or eight girls all achieved the individual qualifying standard for the 400.
“There’s no doubt we could do some damage in Berlin.
“GB always look for a medal in the 4×400 and we will do our best to get gold, but there’s a lot of good teams out there.
“France and Poland beat us at the World Cup earlier in the month, but we didn’t have our strongest team taking part.We won’t, however, be discounting them.
“We just have to concentrate on putting in our best performances and we’ll see what happens.”