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