CAMERON Clayton narrowly missed out on a place in the inaugural Seek Elite Mile held in Townsville at the weekend.
The Mount Isa athlete placed fourth in the event, just ahead of training partner Arnold ‘Mr Olympian’ Sorina who finished sixth.
Clayton was reasonably happy with his time of four minutes and 38 seconds, but admitted his preparation for the race was not ideal.
“We drove for six hours on Friday and then that night I did an 800m race with one of the juniors who I train,” he said.
“So when the race started at 7:15am the next day, my legs were not as fresh as they could have been.”
In spite of his preparation issues, Clayton still managed to be competitive in the race, only finishing eight seconds behind the winner Alec Arnold.
He said that the tactics of the leading pack forced him to come from behind early on in the race.
“It was a really quick start and it seemed as though people were running at full pace from the beginning,” he said.
“I was a bit low on confidence and found it difficult to gauge the stages of the race but I did manage to finish strongly.”
It was a different story for Sorina who, after initially staying with the leaders, fell back to finish in a time of four minutes and 42 seconds.
It was the first time the Olympian had the run in a mile race, with Clayton conceding that longer distances do not suit his training partner.
“Arnold is not really an aerobic athlete,” he said.
“He is more into his 400m and 800m rather than 1500m.”
Despite finishing out of the places, Clayton still played a role in who finished first with the winner one of the athletes he coached via correspondence.
He pointed to the 16-year-old as someone who destined for success in the coming years.
“After one year of competing, he made the national title for the 800m,” he said.
“You can just tell that he is going to be someone to watch.”
Clayton will head to Townsville again before the end of the month to defend his title in the Queensland state mile championship.
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