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Chris Clarke set for Worlds final – Update GB finish 7th

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1.30pm: UNFORTUNATELY there was no dramatic medal win for Chris Clarke and the Great Britain 4x400m relay team as they finished the final in 7th place.

The United States won gold ahead of South Africa and Jamaica who led for most of the race.

The omens weren’t good when it was confirmed that Dai Greene had pulled out of the team after the warm-up, meaning it was a quartet of Richard Strachan, Nigel Levine, Clarke and Martin Rooney.

9am: MILTON Keynes athlete Chris Clarke is getting set for the biggest stage of his life as he prepares to race in the 4x400m relay final at the World Championships in Daegu today.

Clarke will take to the track with British World champion team-mate Dai Greene who won gold in the 400m hurdles yesterday. The 21-year-old ran the third leg in yesterday’s relay heats as GB qualified for the final as fastest losers, and will pass the baton to Greene again today when the race takes place at around 1.15pm. However, if GB win a medal they will have to do it the hard way after being drawn in lane 1.

Meanwhile Greg Rutherford has been speaking more about the hamstring injury that put an end to his long-jump world title hopes.

He failed to qualify for today’s final after suffering a tear in his right hamstring on his second round leap.

He tweeted: “So the early scan shows what seems to be a nasty tear. Utterly devastated. It shows how things can go terribly wrong.

“Words can’t describe how I currently feel. I’ve never been in better shape and my body let me down. Sadly right hamstring went on take off.”

>> Craig Pickering runs in the 4x100m relay heats and final on Sunday.

 

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