Notts AC ace Michael Warner relishing Vienna Classic
NOTTS AC star Michael Warner is preparing for his first race as an England senior international in Vienna next week.
The 22-year-old has been selected to represent his country at the Vienna Indoor Classic in Austria on Tuesday.
The Hucknall ace will be racing in the 400m and hopes the race overseas will be the perfect start for a big 2013.
Warner, who won the English Schools international as a 17-year-old, cannot wait to fly out on Monday.
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He said: "This is my first senior selection so it is quite a big deal for me to get the chance to run in Vienna.
"A few weeks ago I did a 300m race, which is quite unusual, but I felt in great shape so I am looking forward to seeing how I can run.
"My personal best is 46.52s and times are usually a bit slower indoors, so I just want to run as close to my pb as possible.
"I have been a part of Notts AC since I was about ten, so it has been a big part of my life and is like a second home now. So it is great to get to this stage – my first senior international call up."
After Veinna, Warner is targeting the European trials next month in Sheffield where a top-three finish could seal a place on the GB team for the trip to Gothenburg in Sweden.
And then he has the BUCS University Indoor Championships, also in Sheffield.
The Nottingham Trent University student, who is in the second year of a philosophy degree, said: "The BUCS will be a big event too as I would love to bring a medal back for the university. I will be giving it a good go.
"This is my first season doing the indoors so I am looking forward to it and then I will head into the outdoor season in the summer after another couple of months training under my belt."