CLARK HEART­BREAK

Re­lay bronze for Aber­do­nian as Ja­maica dis­qual­i­fied–but taken away af­ter de­ci­sion ap­pealed

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Aberdeen run­ner misses out on World Cham­pi­onship bronze

Aberdeen’s Zoey Clark missed out on sign­ing off at the World Cham­pi­onships in Doha with a bronze medal.

Clark, Emily Di­a­mond, Jodie Wil­liams and Laviai Nielsen fin­ished fourth in the 4x400m re­lay on the fi­nal evening but were moved up to the bronze medal po­si­tion af­ter Ja­maica were dis­qual­i­fied.

But the joy was short-lived as Ja­maica suc­cess­fully ap­pealed the de­ci­sion.

Clark said: “It has been a busy week but I al­ways love do­ing the re­lays be­cause you get to run with your friends, which is amaz­ing.

“It was dif­fi­cult as you have lots of races in the legs but we re­ally upped our game and the time we ran shows that.”

Great Bri­tain fin­ished the cham­pi­onships with five medals – in­clud­ing Dina Asher-Smith’s hat-trick haul – their worst re­turn since 2005 and short of their seven-to-nine tar­get.

“We ran our socks off, ev­ery sin­gle one of us. We wanted that medal so, so badly,” said Di­a­mond.

“That’s the fastest we’ve run in many years. It sur­passes the Olympics, and I think we can be proud of our­selves.”

The 4x400m men of Cameron Chalmers, Toby Har­ries, Rabah Yousif and Lee Thomp­son did not fin­ish the fi­nal race of the Cham­pi­onships in Doha.

Har­ries failed to hand over to Yousif in the se­cond change and ended up on the ground still hold­ing the ba­ton.

Asher-Smith claimed the 200m ti­tle, 100m sil­ver and 4x100m sil­ver.

Kata­rina John­sonThomp­son took the hep­tathlon ti­tle.

The men’s 4x100m re­lay squad also won sil­ver in the fi­nal ma­jor out­door cham­pi­onships be­fore next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.

Jake Wight­man came fifth, Josh Kerr fin­ished sixth and Neil Gour­ley was 11th in the men’s 1,500m, which was won by Kenya’s Ti­mothy Cheruiyot in three min­utes 29.26 sec­onds.

“It was tough. I hon­estly knew that was go­ing to hap­pen, but not that quick,” said Wight­man. “I thought it would be won in about 3:32 or 33. We were pre­pared for it.

“But I think that track is quick. It prob­a­bly glo­ri­fies the times a lit­tle bit.

“You knew Ti­mothy was go­ing to do that when he’s been run­ning so quickly all year.”

In the long jump fi­nal, which was won by Ger­many’s Malaika Mi­hambo with a leap of 7.30m, Abi­gail Irozuru came seventh (6.64m) and Shara Proctor was 11th with 6.43m.

Cindi Ofili bowed out of the 100m hur­dles in the semi-fi­nal af­ter com­ing sixth in 12.95 sec­onds.

She said: “I didn’t ex­e­cute the way I’d have liked.

“I’m just happy to be healthy. It’s been a re­ally long jour­ney back and its not just my Achilles but the other in­juries that came with that.

“It’s hard but I over­came all of them and I’m ex­cited for next year.

“It’s all go from here for next year, so I’ll just keep go­ing and use this for ex­pe­ri­ence.”

SO NEAR YET SO FAR: Zoey Clark, right, and Great Bri­tain team-mate Jodie Wil­liams were part of the team which fin­ished fourth in the 4x400m re­lay fi­nal

CRASH­ING OUT: Toby Har­ries falls in the men’s 4x400m re­lay fi­nal, end­ing GB’s hopes of adding to the sil­ver medal haul from the men’s and women’s 4x100m

Sil­ver in sprint re­lay: Zhar­nel Hughes, Richard Kilty, Adam Gemili and Netha­neel Mitchell-Blake; Asha Philip, Daryll Neita, Ash­leigh Nel­son and Dina Asher-Smith

Imani Lan­siquot did not run in the 4x400 fi­nal

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