Athletics: Studley takes silver at UK Championships

Gazette Series: Dan Studley Dan Studley

TYTHERINGTON-based athlete Dan Studley collected his second national medal of the summer last weekend.

Studley, a Bristol and West AC middle distance runner, took the 1500m silver at the UK U23 Championships at Bedford International Stadium on Saturday.

The U23 1500m was a straight final with a very large 18-strong field.

The early laps were a very steady pace with the field held in a large group.

At the bell the pace quickened and Studley hit the front down the back straight and into the final bend.

However, on the finish straight Studley could not hold off the Princetown University America student Will Paulson from Stroud AC.

Both runners were given a three minutes, 51 seconds time in a very close finish.

Studley now heads to the British Senior Championships at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham this Saturday, where he has been invited to run in the 1500m.

He also won the Ron Delany 1500m at the Irishtown Stadium in Dublin.

Studley was invited to run in the race by the Irish Milers Club following his win earlier in the month at the British Milers Club race in Manchester.

The Ron Delany race is ran each year to remember how the Irish runner Ron Delany won the 1500m gold at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne.

To win the race, Studley overcome the challenge of number one U20 Scottish runner Shaun Fletcher-Wyllie, who has clocked 3:41 for 1500m this year.

Studley's winning time was 3:44, but not quite as quick as Delany's Olympic time of 3:41.

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