09 Jun Watch // Ross Murray on bouncing back with a C+ performance

Ross Murray may not have enjoyed the best of days at the Diamond League last Sunday – but his C+ performance announced his competitive return to the British men’s middle-distance fold.

Something of a forgotten man since his Olympic semi-final appearance in London three years ago, Ross is back running his fastest times since 2012.

As an elder statesmen of the St Mary’s training group, the twenty-four year-old is one of a half-dozen or so with a genuine chance of going inside the 3:36.20 World Champs qualifying mark this season.

“I struggled to get into it to be honest,” the Gateshead Harrier said about his sixth-place finish at the weekend. “It was one of those days where if you’re struggling you’ve just got to hang on and give the best you can on that day.”

The 3:34 man has endured a remarkable succession of injuries and setbacks since his annus mirabilis three years ago. But the fastest Brit outdoors so far this season is muscling his way back into the men’s middle-distance scene.

Joking that the rearranged start time due to Mo Farah’s late withdrawal was “probably the difference between 3:30 and 3:40,” disappointment with sixth-place suggests the former middle-distance wild child is calming down in older age. Beijing this summer lies firmly on the horizon.