An Olympic dream became a reality for St Mary’s University’s Charlie Grice as he secured his ticket to Rio after winning the men’s 1500m title at the British Athletics Championships in Birmingham last Sunday.

The 22-year-old Twickenham-based middle distance specialist made his victory charge on the home straight when he passed Chris O’Hare and Jake Wightman in clocking three minutes 43.41 seconds.

“It was nerve-wracking so I’m really happy to come away with the win,” said Grice who earned Team GB Olympic selection in the process.

“It was quite a slow race, but I believed in my kick as I’ve come in well prepared.

“I had to stay relaxed and trust myself – it didn’t really get going until 200m to go. I knew it was there, but it was about letting it all out and guaranteeing my spot on the team to the Olympics. I’m very thankful things came together.

“I’ve dreamt about racing in Rio and it’s what it is all about."

Grice, who is coached by Jon Bigg, husband of former Olympic champion Sally Gunnell, begins his Olympic medal quest in Brazil on August 18.