Alastair Chalmers qualifies for Paris Olympics in dramatic style

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A remarkable 400m hurdles at the UK Champs and Olympic trials in Manchester on June 30 was won by Alastair Chalmers in an Olympic qualifying time and championship record of 48.54 but only after a nerve-wracking and ultimately successful appeal against a disqualification.

The drama erupted when Chalmers false started. He claimed the music in the stands was putting him off but he was able to run under protest. Fired up, he stormed around the track, literally diving over the finish line as he clocked a championship record and Paris qualifying time, but due to his DQ the official win went to Alex Knibbs with 49.37.

Full of emotion, Chalmers launched an immediate protest and was involved in heated discussions with officials as he made his case. An hour and a half later it was announced that he had been successful, a decision that proved popular with the crowd.

“This is the best day of my life, but it’s been the most stressful couple of hours of my life as well,” said the Guernsey athlete, whose PB prior to the event had been 48.76 compared to the Olympic standard of 48.70.

“To run 48.5 in the rain in Manchester is unbelievable and legendary. I am just so proud of myself and absolutely ecstatic.”

Chalmers’ time also beat Ed Moses’ championship record from 1979.

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