Price is struck by race disaster

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CASTLEFORD athlete Christopher Price (pictured) was selected to compete in the London Prepares Series at the Olympic Stadium, London.

The event, which incorporated the British University Championships, was watched by over 40,000 people.

Price was chosen to compete in the 3,000 metres steeplechase but disaster struck on the opening lap of the race when a crowded group of athletes attacked the water jump for the first time and several athletes, including Price, fell over the water jump barrier. It resulted in Price suffering a twisted hip and ending his championship instantly. He is now likely to be out for several weeks.

Price admits he is devastated.

“ I am upset by what happened, but in sport things like this do happen,” he said.

“The steeplechase is a very technically challenging event. To be honest I was very shaken by the fall and my legs turned to jelly. The incident was scary but I am okay. I’m sad I didn’t have a great event, especially in the Olympic Stadium.”

Price hopes to compete for a third Yorkshire Championship gold title in the steeplechase in the coming weeks. He won the championship in 2008 and 2009, which was last time he competed in it.