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Simeon sprints to bronze in UK 60m

PUBLISHED: 11:03 16 February 2007 | UPDATED: 14:27 07 September 2010

Highgate Harriers' Simeon Williamson matched his personal best time in the indoor 60m sprint to earn a bronze medal at the combined European Trial and UK Championships in Sheffield on Sunday. But the 21-year-old Williamson admitted afterwards he was still

Highgate Harriers' Simeon Williamson matched his personal best time in the indoor 60m sprint to earn a bronze medal at the combined European Trial and UK Championships in Sheffield on Sunday.

But the 21-year-old Williamson admitted afterwards he was still a little disappointed.

Having won his heat in the morning in 6.72 seconds, Williamson was a close second to Ryan Scott in the semi-final - equalling his best of 6.65secs.

He ran just as quickly in the final, finishing behind new sprinting wonder-kid Craig Pickering, who was timed at 6.58secs, and Scott, who ran 6.64secs.

Williamson's result is even more impressive when you consider that Jason Gardener, the current champion, was back in seventh place and Olympic gold medal relay runner, Mark Lewis-Francis, did not even make the final.

"In a way I was a bit disappointed because I wouldn't have minded getting beaten by Jason and maybe Craig, but I finished ahead of Jason and still came third," Williamson told Ham&High Series Sport.

"I know I can run faster - I know what I'm capable of.

"I do it all the time in training and I just need to prove it in competition.

"I've got to put down a time in the 6.50secs like I do in training."

Williamson, who is trained by Lloyd Cohen, has been named as a reserve for the Great Britain team for the European Indoor Championships in Birmingham in March.

The 31-year-old Gardener has been named alongside Pickering and Scott.

Williamson is also hoping for a strong display at the European Under-23 Championships in June "I want to go one better than last time," he said.

That means he wants a gold medal to eclipse the silver he won at the European Under-20s.

Meanwhile, Greg Smith, Highgate's most regular Southern League sprinter, ran a good time of 21.78secs in a heat of the 200m in Sheffield and came fourth. But he failed to make the next round.

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