Callum Hawkins is targeting glory as he makes his World Athletics Championships debut on Sunday (6 August). The Kilbarchan AAC athlete was pre-selected for the event in December after his ninth place finish in the marathon at the Rio Olympics.
Hawkins is one of three Brits taking part in the marathon, with fellow Scot Robbie Simpson also set to pound the streets of London, as well as the surprise package of this year’s London Marathon, Josh Griffiths.
25-year-old Hawkins has continued his rich vein of form since Rio. In October he again won the Great Scottish Run in a time of 1:00:24. This would have been a new Scottish half marathon record, but the race was found to be 150m short, which invalidated the result.
However, he didn’t take long to retake the record when he ran the Kagawa Marugame International in Japan in a time of one hour flat in February, and in January he became the first Brit to beat Mo Farah for seven years at the Great Edinburgh International Cross Country race.
Now Hawkins is targeting further success in London: “Hopefully at the World Championship I can improve on what I did at the Olympics. I can’t imagine what the crowds at the World Championships in London are going to be like.
“To have such a big event in your home country, in the capital, will be incredible.”