Cameron Chalmers yesterday made the decision to withdraw from the Island Games squad in favour of targeting a place at the IAAF World Championships in London. He had earlier this summer hoped he could broker an agreement with British Athletics to miss the World Trials event in Birmingham but this was ultimately refused.
The Trials will be held 30th June until 2nd July and therefore the clash with the event in Gotland meant that competing in both championships was not an option for Chalmers. British Athletics’ selection policy states that all athletes must compete in their respective event at the Trials if they wish to be selected for the World Championships in London.
The Sarnian had previously opted out of the World Trials to focus on the Island Games and European U23 Championships but in light of his superb form and Great Britain’s other top men faltering to various extents, he felt after discussing with his coach James Hillier that he needed to aim for the “Worlds” in London.
Chalmers will be replaced in the 4x400m relay squad by youngster Peter Curtis who looks to have a promising season in front of him. The experience he will gain in Gotland will certainly serve him well as he tackles the English Schools Championships in July and England Athletics Championships in August.