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Callum and George Wilkinson will represent England at the Poděbrady International race walk meeting this weekend

Former King Edward VI pupils Callum and George Wilkinson are set to represent England for the first time at the same event – the Poděbrady International race walk meeting – this weekend.

Brothers Callum, 22, and George, 16, have both been selected by England Athletics as part of a 10-strong team – to compete tomorrow in the Czech Republic – marking the first time the two have received international call-ups.

Callum is fast becoming a household name in British race walking, having finished seventh at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in the 20km category, on the back of a gold medal in the 10km race at the 2016 World Junior Championships.

Callum Wilkinson
Callum Wilkinson

He will race in the senior event, held over 20km, on Saturday as he takes on his first competitive 20km race of 2019 while George will be racing in the junior event, held over 10km.

“Training has been going really well and that’s why I’m really excited to race,” he said.

“And it’s the first time both George and I will compete at the same an international event together, which is also very exciting.

“It’s my first 20km of the season and, while I do have some targets, it is also about seeing how I get on. It would be great to be close to my Personal Best, it’s usually a fast race.”

Callum set his current PB of 82 minutes and 17 seconds at the course in Poděbrady at the European Cup in May 2017.

George Wilkinson, 16, wins the England Athletics Under-17 Championships (8275803)
George Wilkinson, 16, wins the England Athletics Under-17 Championships (8275803)

“I decided to focus on the 20km distance this season which is my third year in the seniors,” he said. “I’ve been focusing on my technique in training, which has been going really well.

“And I’m hoping to get closer or even catch the Olympic qualifying standard which is 81 minutes. Obviously I would need to bear my current best time by more than a minute which is difficult, but that’s the goal.”

George, meanwhile, is continuing to progress as he targets better times than his brother at the same age.

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