YARDLEY’S Jordan McGrath endured a day to forget at the UK Championships and European Trials - but the 400m ace has vowed to learn from the experience.
The 20-year-old got his tactics wrong during the heats at the Alexander Stadium this weekend and finished sixth in 47.39 seconds.
GB international Rob Tobin claimed victory, with Martyn Rooney going on to take gold in the final.
McGrath has endured an injury-plagued 12 months but expected to at least reach the ‘B’ final in Birmingham, but despite running his fastest time this season the Birchfield Harrier’s involvement came to an end at the first attempt.
And while McGrath - who is part of the original Source funded UKA Heroes initiative - struggled to hide his disappointment, he promised not to ignore what went wrong.
“This is still a stepping stone for me and I suppose we have got to keep it in perspective but I am disappointed,” he said.
“I finished strongly but I left too much in the tank and finished probably a little bit too strongly to be fair. So I got my tactics for the race wrong and that is disappointing. Maybe I got caught up with racing against some of the bigger names here but it shouldn’t be like that.
“What today has taught me is that I still have so much to learn. I come here and I look at how the guys race and it makes me hungry for more and hungry to get up to their standard consistently. I have a lot to work on.
“Even though I am disappointed with my run, it has spurred me on and I want to come back and do so much better next time.”
UKA Heroes project, sponsored by Original Source, is a successful initiative which offers financial support to talented young athletes who are working towards the 2012 and 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.