The 28-year-old finished sixth in the 3000m steeplechase at Birminghams Alexander Stadium. He finished with a time of 8mins, 50.19secs 17 seconds behind race winner Zak Seddon. Norman said he was disappointed with how the race went for him. I was hoping to get a medal, so I was a bit disappointed with my run, coming in sixth, he said. I got in amongst it and into the right positions, and ran a tactical race, but in the last kilometre when the pace increased, the legs just werent there, and I didnt have anything to respond. A top two finish would have given Norman a place at the European Championships in Berlin next month, and achievement he thought was within his reach. The Europeans werent really a long shot, he said. Going into Saturday I was only three seconds outside the automatic qualifying time, and the top two are automatically in the GB vest. It was achievable, but Im not quite there. I was in better shape than what I showed, and I think the heat played a part, but perhaps theres something not quite there in my training that meant I wasnt able to go with the other guys. Its been a busy start to the season for Norman. He finished second at the Loughborough International in May, and recorded a personal best time of 8:35.47 at the European Classic meeting in Huelva last month. Hes also taken back-to-back double wins in the British Athletics League, winning the steeplechase and 1500m in both Cardiff and Leigh.RESULT - 3000m Steeplechase: 1, Zak Seddon 8mins 33.12secs; 2, Ieuan Thomas 8:33.88; 3, Jamaine Coleman 8:38.17; 4, Jonathan Hopkins 8:41.45; 5, Ryan Driscoll 8:45.62; 6, Phil Norman 8:50.19; 7, Doug Musson 8:53.46; 8, Mark Pearce 8:56.45; 9, Daniel Jarvis 9:17.61; 10, Alex Howard 9:21.52; 11, Tom Horton DNS; 12, Lachlan Oates DNS.