News Poz rues one that got away

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AN­DREW Pozzi be­came the lat­est English medal hope to crum­ble on the Gold Coast – and the hur­dler ad­mit­ted it was no more than he de­served.

The World and Euro­pean in­door cham­pion had looked supreme in qual­i­fy­ing for the Commonwealth 110m hur­dles fi­nal at the Car­rara Sta­dium.

But, like the Brown­lee broth­ers and Max Whit­lock be­fore him, Pozzi failed to de­liver a medal, end­ing up sixth in a time of 13.53sec­onds.

And the dam­age was done from the out­set, the 25-year-old from Strat­ford-upon-Avon clat­ter­ing the first hur­dle and he was al­ways play­ing catch-up from there.

“You have to take it at face value, I hit too many hur­dles right from num­ber one which is a stupid thing to do, it ru­ins the mo­men­tum early on,” he said.

“I tried to build again and I felt like I did a rea­son­able job and started to move through but I was just rush­ing things – tim­ing and rhythm is ev­ery­thing in hur­dles and by rush­ing, you are get­ting too close to some and you make more mis­takes.”

In­deed with world and Olympic cham­pion Omar McLeod ab­sent from these Games in Aus­tralia – the field was wide open.

But it was Ja­maica who sealed a one-two through Ron­ald Levy and Hansle Parch­ment with Aus­tralia’s Ni­cholas Hough scoop­ing bronze.

Mean­while, Sarah McDon­ald found her­self through to the 1,500m fi­nal overnight af­ter a suc­cess­ful ap­peal. And while she failed to take a medal, the 24-year-old ath­lete did achieve the Euro­pean stan­dard with an eighth place fin­ish of 4:05.77min­utes.

El­liot Giles, from Birm­ing­ham, came through in sixth place in his 800m heat, fin­ish­ing in 1:48.54, but did not qual­ify for fi­nal. Meghan Beesley, from Nuneaton, fin­ished in sixth place with a 56.41 but did not qual­ify for the 400m hur­dles fi­nal.

“I thought I was in bet­ter shape than that so is frus­trat­ing,” she said.

“I knew around the fi­nal bend that I was go­ing to strug­gle to pick it up even more.”

Caster Se­menya de­stroyed the field to take the women’s 1500m ti­tle. The South African made her move with 300m to go and won in a Games record of four min­utes 0.71 sec­onds.

She beat Kenyan Beatrice Chep­koech by al­most three sec­onds while Wales’ Melissa Court­ney came third and Se­menya will now eye the 800m. Mean­while, Botswana’s Isaac Mak­wala took the 400m crown in 44.35s ahead of team-mate Baboloki Thebe and Ja­maica’s Javon Fran­cis. In the morn­ing ses­sion, Dina Asher-Smith qual­i­fied ninth fastest for to­day’s 200m semi-fi­nal. The 22-year-old ran 23.28 sec­onds as she slowed down with 60 me­tres to go to win her heat. Finette Agyapong (23.15s) and Bianca Wil­liams (23.20s) also pro­gressed while Zhar­nel Hughes (20.34s) and Richard Kilty (21.08s) reached the men’s semi-fi­nal. England team-mate Kyle Lang­ford reached the 800m fi­nal with Jack Green con­firm­ing his spot in to­day’s 400m hur­dles fi­nal. England’s Dan Bram­ble also reached the long jump fi­nal with a leap of 8.02m. Scot­land’s Eilidh Doyle won her 400m hur­dle heat in 54.08s to reach to­mor­row’s fi­nal.

You have to take it at face value, I hit too many hur­dles right from num­ber one, which is a stupid thing to do.

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