WORCESTER’S Alice Wright admitted she was “greedy” for success after finishing sixth in the final of women’s 10,000 metres at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin.

The ambitious athlete who was making her senior debut for Great Britain put in a controlled 25 laps that saw her in touch with the leaders for long spells in the race.

The 23-year-old came home in 32 minutes 36.45 seconds as Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter clinched gold in 31.43.29 ahead of Holland’s Susan Krumins (31.52.55) and Sweden’s Meraf Bahta (32.19.34) who picked up silver and bronze respectively.

But Wright who worked her way from 11th at the start to narrowly miss out on coming fifth said she was “not satisfied” with her placing as she goes on the hunt for medals.

“I wasn’t here for the experience,” said Wright who is based in America.

“I really did want a medal but I knew it was going to be tough looking at the times going in.

“It’s gaining on those last two in the last lap.

“It wasn’t bad for my first senior vest, hopefully I can medal next time.

“I’ve had great consistency, we’ve been working on my strength and power and those last couple of kilometres and few laps so hopefully I can be there next time.

“I’m greedy, I want a medal. I’m not satisfied with sixth, it’s a good start.”

Wright joined the HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite last month after a successful five years at the University of New Mexico.

The former King’s School Worcester pupil is a two-time NCAA runner-up in the 10,000m and became the first woman ever to collect four All-American honours at that distance.

Wright holds the New Mexico school record in the 10,000m and was a part of two NCAA Championship team titles in cross country.

This year also saw her register her 10,000m personal best of 32.15.75 at the Stanford Invitational in March.

HOKA NAZ Elite head coach Ben Rosario said he was impressed with Wright’s ability to deal with the pressure of a major meet.

“We knew that Alice had made it a habit in college of running her best on the biggest stages,” Rosario said.

“But it can be a whole new thing to compete in front of tens of thousands of fans at an International championship.

“She went out there excited about the opportunity, embraced the moment and used the energy to her advantage, which is exactly what you want to see from an athlete.”