Levine ready for European Team Championships

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SPRINTER Nigel Levine is looking forward to racing in the Great Britain international vest again and says that he has much quicker times in his locker.

The Bedford athlete will be the home representative in the 400m at this weekend’s European Team Championship in Gateshead where he hopes to build on some impressive showings in this season’s Diamond League.

“It’s always nice to represent my country and I will be doing it in my own country,” said Nigel.

“There’s more to come from me. I’ve been placing well, but with better conditions hopefully I can break the 45 second mark. That’s what I need.”

Nigel is hoping to win a place in the Great Britain squad for the World Championships in Moscow this August, but for now the former Rushden Community College student is looking no further than his debut appearance in the European Team event, which sees individual athletes compete to win points for their respective nations.

“It’s one off races and whoever gets the fastest time gets maximum points for their country, so that’s what I’ll be looking to do,” said Nigel.

“My memories of Gateshead are that it’s cold and windy, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Twenty-four-year-old Nigel, a European indoor silver medallist and a London 2012 Olympian in his own right, has had a further taste of the international big-time at this year’s Diamond League meetings.

His last two outings saw him come fourth in Rome in 45.64s and third in Oslo in a slightly improved time of 45.63s.

“There has been a lot of travelling,” Nigel said. “But it’s been a good experience being out on the circuit with the top athletes in the Diamond League.

“I sometimes see Usain Bolt training at Brunel University. He’s just a normal guy really.”

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