Angry Mukhtar vows to be a Commonwealth star

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Mukhtar Mohammed insists he will be releasing some anger when he returns to Scotland following on from a disappointing outing at last weekend’s Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix.

Mohammed headed to Hampden Park to not only get a feel for the track where he will make his Commonwealth Games bow but also to earn selection for the European Championships.

Mukhtar Mohammed missed European qualification by .006 of a second

Mukhtar Mohammed missed European qualification by .006 of a second

In order to earn himself a spot on the plane to Zurich next month, the 23-year-old needed to dip under the 800m qualifying standard set at 1:46.50 minutes.

He couldn’t have asked for a better opponent to help him do that in his last chance with Olympic champion and world record holder David Rudisha taking to the start line.

But while Rudisha dragged the race along and came home first in an equal world lead time of 1:43.34 seconds, Mohammed just fell short of his goal by 0.06 seconds, crossing the line seventh in 1:46.56.

All is not lost however for Mohammed who now turns his attentions to his Glasgow return for the Commonwealth Games, now ready to let off some steam after coming so close to a trip to Zurich.

“It was a season’s best but I missed the European standard and I was so close so I am really disappointed,” said Mohammed, who hopes to compete throughout the Summer Series – events backed by long-term supporter Sainsbury’s.

“It was a good field and a good race but decision-wise I maybe should have done something different. I was fighting and fighting but I just couldn’t gain any places, it was a shame to not get the time.

“That was the whole aim coming here, to get the A standard, and I was not far off it but I just couldn’t quite squeeze through.

“I am now determined to do really well at the Commonwealth Games to make up for this disappointment.”

And while Mohammed was disappointed to just miss out on European selection, he could at least console himself with the fact that Hampden Park is a track that suits him right down to the ground.

“I really liked it out there, the track feels bouncy and fast and you saw what Rudisha did out there,” he added.

“I am really looking forward to coming back now and hopefully having a really good Commonwealth Games.”

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