Tired Beagle Yousif runs Euro relay this weekend

PUBLISHED: 17:30 21 June 2017

Rabah Yousif will run the relay in Lille

Rabah Yousif will run the relay in Lille

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Newham runner is off to Euros but has one eye on World trials

Newham & Essex Beagles Rabah Yousif says he now needs to recharge his batteries and get ready for the all-important World Championships Team Trials after ending his hectic schedule at Stockholm BAUHAUS-Galan IAAF Diamond League meeting in the Swedish capital absolutely tired and weary, writes Ziad Chaudry.

Having four races in four countries within a 15 day spell eventually took its toll in the 30-year-old who crossed the line in the men’s 400m on a sun-drenched Stockholm Olympic Stadium clocking 46.06secs – 200th of a second slower than his current season’s best of 45.76 three weeks ago in Marseille, France. Bahamas rising star Steven Gardiner comfortably took the honours in 44.58 while Baboloki Thebe of Botswana followed in 44.99 with Belgium’s Kevin Borlee third in 45.47.

For Yousif it is now a case of freshening up time before he heads back out abroad this time to Lille, France for this weekend’s European Team Championships where he will compete in men’s 400m relays in Great Britain colours.

“I’m just a bit tired so I need to freshen up,” he said after his Stockholm race. “I need to go in the gym because I’ve already done my block of training.

“This race took me out so I know it squeezed out everything. You can tell I looked a bit tired so I need to go home, recharge and get ready for the trials. I’ll be happy to come out with a bang in the trials.”

Having already achieved the required qualifying standard for London World Championships along with fellow main 400m contenders current British number one Matthew Hudson-Smith and Delano Williams, Yousif is pretty confident of grabbing his Team GB place at the trials in Birmingham on July 2.

“I’ve been doing this for a very long time,” he added. “I’m confident of my desire of achieving big things.”

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