Advertisement

GB women win 4x400m silver as men take bronze - highlights & report

From BBC - August 13, 2017

Britain's 4x400 metres women won a brilliant silver and the GB men bronze as the host nation finished the World Championships on a high.

Behind a superlative US performance for gold, the British quartet of Zoey Clark, Laviai Nielsen, Eilidh Doyle and Emily Diamond made it seven world medals in seven championships as they held off Poland.

A few minutes later Matthew Hudson-Smith, Dwayne Cowan, Rabah Yousif and Martyn Rooney ran a superb race to take the British medal tally to six, bang on the target set before the championships.

Earlier Laura Muir had finished outside the medals in the 5,000m but, as on Saturday night when the sprint teams landed gold and silver, the relay squads came storming to the rescue.

Only Mo Farah won an individual medal from the biggest team Britain has ever taken to a Worlds.

But the medal rush on this final weekend casts a different light on the squad's performance, its five fourth places also a promise of what might be to come.

Fine finale for British quartets

The US women's team of Quanera Hayes, Allyson Felix, Shakima Wimbley and individual 400m champion Phyllis Francis were dominant winners, their 3 mins 19.02 secs the fastest time in the world in five years.

Felix now has 11 world gold medals, the same as Usain Bolt, her leg once again the fastest as she and her team-mates almost made it two distinct races.

With reigning champions Jamaica failing to finish after injury struck on the second leg, there was an opening for one of the teams.

The British quartet took it in style, once again the bankers for a nation that has always relished relay success.

The US men's team had won gold at the last six Worlds, but this team lacks the stars of old and was overhauled by Trinidad and Tobago in the final few strides.

Behind them came bedlam as a capacity crowd roared home one last medal.

The British team had not been among the fastest qualifiers, yet inspired by 32-year-old Cowan on the second leg and a fine anchor leg from Rooney they came good when it mattered most.

Obiri out-kicks Ayana for 5,000m title

Kenya's Hellen Obiri upset defending world champion Almaz Ayana to win 5,000m gold as Laura Muir finished a creditable sixth.

Men's 1500m

Men's high jump

Women's discus

Advertisement

Continue reading at BBC »