Rainhill Athlete Jamie gets Rio qualification chance

Jamie Webb winning the Men's 1500m at the BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships
Jamie Webb winning the Men's 1500m at the BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships

A Rainhill athlete has handed a shot at a Team GB slot for the Rio Olympics.

Jamie Webb has been chosen to represent British Athletics at the European Championships where he hopes to qualify for the Olympic Games.

Obviously I always want to win so it still leaves me hungry!

Jamie Webb

Webb was selected after finishing second at last weekend’s British Championships, he was pleased with his performance but said being deprived of first place has left him wanting more.

This is the first time he has been selected for a GB senior team.

He said: “The time was fairly irrelevant with it all being about position, I’m very happy to come second but obviously always want to win so it still leaves me hungry!

“I am delighted to make my first senior team, it’s a big step up from under-23s last year so I’m heading in the right direction.”

The 22-year-old Liverpool Harrier will compete against new British champion Elliot Giles and Michael Rimmer, who Jamie overtook on the home straight at the British Championships.

The Manchester Metropolitan Sport scholar is the current British senior indoor 800m champion after winning the gold medal in Sheffield at the start of the year with a time of 1:51.25.

The soon-to-be graduate says that his three years at university has helped him to develop as an athlete and now he has his sights set purely on Rio this summer.

“My time at university has been my transition from an average athlete to what will hopefully be a professional level this summer,” he said.

Webb has already achieved four PBs this year, twice in the 800m and also in the 600 and 1500m.

He is coached by his dad Adrian.

Webb will compete at the European championships and aim for Rio qualification in Amsterdam on 6-10 July.