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13 August 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 13/08/17 10:29pm

The British team celebrate silver in the women's 4x400m

The British team celebrate silver in the women’s 4x400m

There was more relay success for Great Britain on Sunday night in London as the hosts finished the World Championships with six medals in total.

Great Britain claimed silver behind the USA in the women’s 4x400m relay and the men’s quartet then won bronze behind Trinidad & Tobago in the men’s 4×400.

The results capped a great weekend for the relay squads, the women’s 4x100m team having taken silver on Saturday before

Attention turned to the longer relay on Sunday night and the British women’s team of Zoey Clark, Emily Diamond, Laviai Neilsen and Eilidh Doyle clocked two minutes 56.60 seconds to finish an honourable but distant second behind a brilliant USA team.

There was a much closer finish to the men’s race and drama late on, as the Trinidad & Tobago team overtook the USA in the final stages to win gold.

Lalonde Gordon (left) ran a great last leg to clinch gold for Trinidad & Tobago

Lalonde Gordon (left) ran a great last leg to clinch gold for Trinidad & Tobago

Lalonde Gordon (left) ran a great last leg to clinch gold for Trinidad & Tobago

Machel Cedenio ran a brilliant third leg for the winners and Lalonde Gordon then passed Fred Kerly to snatch victory.

The British team of Matthew Hudson-Smith, Martyn Rooney, Rabah Yousif and Dwayne Cowan were just behind in third, having clocked a season’s best of two minutes 59 seconds.

In the women’s 5,000m, Kenya’s Helen Obiri kicked away from Ethiopia’s 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana in the final 300m to claim a convincing victory.

But Great Britain’s Laura Muir finished an honourable sixth to complete a fine week after her fourth place in the 1,500m on Monday.

Muir had played down her chances in the 5,000m, a relatively new event for her, and she never challenged for a medal as she finished in 14 minutes 52.07 seconds.

“I’m really happy, sixth in the world in an event I’ve only run once before outdoors, I’m really pleased,” she said.

“I was going to let (Almaz) Ayana and Obiri go, I knew they were in a different class of their own right now, I wasn’t too worried about them breaking away.”

Laura Muir finished sixth in the 5,000m

Laura Muir finished sixth in the 5,000m

Laura Muir finished sixth in the 5,000m

On a busy final night of action, Caster Semenya claimed another global title when she won the 800m gold and, after surging clear to record one minute 55.16 seconds, she said she now has an eye on the world record.

Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, who took silver behind her in the Rio Olympics, was second again in 1:55.92 with American’s Ajee Wilson claiming bronze in 1:56.65.

South Africa’s Semenya, who won bronze in the unfamiliar 1,500m on Monday, looked much more at home in her preferred event and eased clear in the home straight.


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