Pozzi and Oskan-Clarke bring more success on final day

Pozzi and Oskan-Clarke bring more success on final day

04 March 2018 / 19:09

Captains Andrew Pozzi and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke led from the front to secure two more medals for Great Britain on the final day of the World Indoor Athletics Championships.

Pozzi claimed men’s 60m hurdles gold in dramatic style as a dip on the line ensured he finished ahead of American Jarret Eaton by one-hundredth of a second in Birmingham.

The 25-year-old stormed back into the race after hitting early hurdles as he finished in 7.46 seconds, with Eaton registering 7.47.

Pozzi raced shortly after Oskan-Clarke, with whom he shared team captain duties, took bronze in the women’s 800m bronze to delight the home crowds.

"My heart stopped at the end there," said Pozzi. "I knew the fifth hurdle I was behind. I can't describe how much I wanted it - I was throwing my body at the line.

“To be voted co-captain for the championships is the biggest honour of my life. Every member of the team has been perfect."

Oskan-Clarke had also fought back in the final 200m in her race as she moved up from fifth to third with a display showing plenty of grit and determination.

The 28-year-old finished with a time of 59.81 seconds behind Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba, who took gold, and American Ajee Wilson who claimed silver.

"At the start it was nerve-wracking as I had to do my speech and I wanted to inspire the team," said Oskan-Clarke. "Now it's congratulating them, making them know I'm aware of their performances and that's not too draining.

"I'm happy. It wasn't the best race. It was a bit out of control for the first part of it but I just had to dig deep and catch them at the end.

"The crowd noise was so incredible and loud. You can't not hear it and it helped me dig that bit deeper."

For a while it seemed that Great Britain had claimed a third medal on day four, with the women’s 4x400m relay team momentarily elevated from fourth to third due to Jamaica’s disqualification.

But the bronze was then taken away as the Brits were disqualified pushing, the 22nd disqualification of the championship.

However, in another twist, the bronze was then reinstated on appeal and the quartet collected the seventh medal for Great Britain of the week.

Day four’s medals mean that the British team finish the week boasting seven medals, with Katarina Johnson-Thompson claiming gold in the pentathlon, Eilidh Doyle bronze in the women’s 400m and Laura Muir securing silver in the 1500m and bronze in the 3000m.

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