The stream of good showing of British athletes at yesterday Ostrava Golden Spike did also flow into the corner of British steeplechase Champion, Phil Normal.
The 31-year-old Phil was yet to hit the Olympics qualification mark of 8:22.00 before yesterday; but with high fast tempo of the race yesterday by the winner Ethiopian Gatnet Wale, Phil finished in 8:20.12. Phil’s time yesterday was inside the Olympics qualification and the fastest by any British in 27 years over the 3000m Steeplechase. Wale finished in a world leading time of 8.08.47.
At the last Olympics in 2016, Norman had never broken 9:00 in a steeple but improve last year to 8:32.51 to win British championship.