Sprinter Levine looks to power into the top 10

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Sprinter Nigel Levine helped Great Britain to third place at the European Team Championships in Gateshead last week as he targets breaking into the top 10 in the world.

The 24-year-old led the way in the men’s 400m before being overtaken in the final few metres by Russia’s Vladimir Krasnov as the Bedfordian finished in 45.88secs.

His second-place finish helped GB to total 338 points as they finished behind Russia (354.5) and Germany (347.5), but ahead of the likes of France (310.5) and Poland (305.5).

It was Britain’s best points total in the four editions of the new format of the competition and Nigel admits he loves representing his country.

He said: “It’s great to have a national and international vest, it’s great to go out there and represent the county, that’s what I aim for”.

“Everyone is watching you and it’s good you are doing something for your country.”

Racing in the championships and recently in the Diamond League has pitted Nigel against some of the best runners in the world, which is proving extremely useful as he challenges to get into the top 10.

He said: “It’s not going to be a shock racing them when you get to a championship”.

“It’s a bit more usual and a bit more relaxed because you’ve raced these guys and know what they are capable of and done previously.”

On his aims, he added: “To run faster and personal bests I’m confident, I train, I have to be confident. If I didn’t train I would be a bit concerned but because I do things well hopefully that can be the outcome”.

“My times are top 15. If it was 44.7-6 it would be top 10. My main aim for now is to be top 10″.

“Just progression, every little bit helps. Talking to Linford Christie my coach I’ve got to keep racing the top guys and learn a few things on the track being out there and become one of the top guys.”

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