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Patrick Dever on a “bittersweet” 10,000m breakthrough

Patrick Dever on a "bittersweet" 10,000m breakthrough

The British distance runner might have put himself as No.2 on the UK all-time rankings but he is determined to go better

A breakthrough 10,000m race at The Ten for Patrick Dever landed him the second spot on the UK men’s all-time rankings but it still didn’t quite meet his expectations. Despite clocking a faster time than Mo Farah did in the London 2012 Olympics, Dever was still eight seconds away from the Olympic qualifying mark – a “bittersweet” moment.

The 27-year-old crossed the line with a big PB of 27:08.81 in San Juan Capistrano, California, last month, finishing outside the Olympic qualifier of 27:00.00.

During his teenage years, Dever described himself as a bit of a “nerd” and would study the lap splits of 10,000m athletes such as Farah. Now, Farah is the only British man who has achieved a faster time with the British record of 26:46.57.

“This is something I never imagined I would do,” says Dever, “and to be second to Sir Mo feels pretty special.”

He adds: “I can’t be disappointed with a PB and being second on the British all-time list but I wanted to qualify for the Olympics in this race so bittersweet is the perfect word.

“I know I did some things in that race that if I go back now I would change. I would try and run smarter because I feel like those eight seconds when you spread it out over the course of 10,000m is just a few minor tweaks.”

Charles Hicks, Jack Rowe, Patrick Dever (David Hicks)

The Preston Harrier’s performance had been a fitting reminder that there is no such thing as a perfect race. However, just a few weeks prior, he experienced a near-perfect race in Boston, achieving the 5000m Olympic qualifying standard with an impressive 13:04.05.

Though Dever favours the 10,000m, the University of Tulsa student is determined to run in the Paris Olympics, whether in the 5000m or 10,000m race.

Patrick Dever leads Jack Rowe (David Hicks)

His impressive start to the year sets a promising tone in getting there —a goal he never imagined he’d be aiming for during his days on the starting line of primary school cross-country races.

Following his first ever cross-country race, Dever was encouraged to join Preston Harriers, his local athletics club. It was there that he proceeded to break several records.

There is still one middle-distance club record Dever is yet to break – the 3000m, which was set by John Nuttall in 1996. Sadly, Nuttall passed away from a heart attack last November, leaving behind a…

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