Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sparkling Boz Takes Bronze

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sparkling Boz Takes Bronze

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Byline: Eric Paylor

Teesside ace Anthony Borsumato boosted his World Championship hopes with a superb run in the Norwich Union trials.

The 29-year-old was a fast finishing third behind Chris Rawlinson in the 400 metres hurdles final at Birmingham.

The run also brought Borsumato a bronze medal as the meeting was doubling up as the AAA Championships.

This was the sixth successive occasion that the Middlesbrough-born athlete has won a medal at the AAAs.

Naturally he will be hoping to win a place in the British team for the World Championships in Paris next month.

Borsumato has already achieved the IAAF qualifying mark of 49.2sec, having set a new PB of 48.9sec in the AAAs last year.

The Sale Harrier paced himself through yesterday's race and had plenty of gas in the tank in the home straight.

He was rapidly catching the tiring Matthew Douglas over the last few metres, with the Belgrave Harrier eventually holding on for second place.

Rawlinson was a comfortable winner, easing up at the line to capture his fifth straight AAA title in 49.24sec.

Douglas's time was 49.41, with Borsumato notching 49.49.

Wales's Commonwealth silver medalist Matt Elias never got close to threatening Borsumato and finished fourth in 50.04.

Rawlinson completed an up and down weekend after initially being disqualified in his semi-final for trailing his leg round a hurdle rather than over it.

He appealed successfully, but then suggested that he would still not run in the final, before changing his mind.

Rawlinson said: "It was nice to win my fifth title. But the circumstances are not exactly to my liking.

"I wasn't that happy about running after the fiasco of the semi-final."

He added: "To win any medal in Paris would be great. But I do feel that Felix Sanchez is beatable this year. …

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