Nathan George (left) just missed Olympic berth.

Nathan George (left) just missed Olympic berth.

Pitt Meadows racer wins gold at track nationals

George, 22, won the 400m in 45.94, just short of the Olympic qualifying time of 45.40.

Nathan George of Pitt Meadows won gold in the men’s 400-metre final at the Canadian National Track and Field Championships this past weekend in Edmonton.

George, 22, won the 400m in 45.94, just short of the Olympic qualifying time of 45.40.

Earlier this year, the Coquitlam Cheetahs‘ member won gold in the 300m final at Indoor Canadian National University Championship while competed for Trinity Western.

George, who moved to Pitt Meadows from Coquitlam a year ago, has been selected to represent Canada this weekend at NACAC under-23 North America,Central and Caribbean Championship in El Salvador.

George started track at age eight and has had the goal of competing in the Olympics since Usain Bolt first won gold in 2008, said his mother, Debbie George.

To come within a half a second of reaching that goal, she said, “We’re so proud. We’re all proud.”