GB miss out on bronze to close World Championships

Great Britain came within an appeal of delivering a medal-winning finale to the Athletics World Championships in Doha as the women’s 4x400m relay team claimed bronze.

The quartet of Zoey Clark, Jodie Williams, Emily Diamond and Laviai Nielsen ran a season’s best time of 3:23.02 to finish fourth, with Jamaica at first disqualified before being re-instated by a review.

But Diamond believes that the team can hold their heads high after a stirring race that saw them exceed even their own expectations.

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

"That's the fastest we've run in many years, it surpasses the Olympics, and I think we can be proud of ourselves."

In the 1500m, a strong showing from Jake Wightman and Josh Kerr saw them unlucky to leave empty-handed as they finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Wightman ran a personal best 3:31.87 as he ran Marcin Lewandowski of Poland close in the sprint for bronze in a race that saw Neil Gourley come home in 11th.

Abigail Irozuru was seventh in the long jump, a best jump of 6.64m leaving her 27cm off a medal, while Shara Proctor finished 11th in the competition.

Elsewhere, Cindy Ofili was unable to progress through her 100m hurdles heat, while the men’s 4x400m relay team saw their baton go down at the first changeover, on a night when thoughts instead turned to a World Championships that yielded Great Britain and Northern Ireland six medals, two of them gold.