Athletics: Eilidh Child wins world relay bronze

Eilidh Child, third left, celebrates with Christine Ohuruogu. Picture: Ian Walton/Getty Images
Eilidh Child, third left, celebrates with Christine Ohuruogu. Picture: Ian Walton/Getty Images
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EILIDH Child laid the demons of her individual disappointment to rest as she led out the British 4x400m women’s relay team to a bronze medal at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday.

Child had ended up fifth in the 400m hurdles final on Thursday but was a key figure in the British quartet along with Shana Cox, Margaret Adeoye and newly-crowned world 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu.

The Russian team edged out USA for the gold in front of a vociferous home support in the Luzhniki Stadium while Ohuruogu never looked threatened to grab the team bronze in a time of 3:22.61 minutes, a season’s best for the foursome.

And Child was all smiles after claiming her first-ever global title with a 2014 campaign to prepare for that will include a Commonwealth Games in her home country.

“This definitely makes up for missing out in the 400m hurdles. After that I was unhappy with the race but to finish fifth was great,” she said. “And to have this as a second chance was great so I gave it my all and I am so happy to come away with a world medal, it feels amazing.

“It has given me so much confidence now and I can go away, rest up and get ready for the Commonwealth Games. I cannot wait. I’m just delighted that we could come home with something.”

Meanwhile, 24 hours later Chris O’Hare’s maiden World Championships final ended in disappointment as he finished last in 12th place.

The Scots time of 3:46.04 minutes was almost ten seconds off the winner, Kenyan Asbel Kiprop, and also almost seven behind second from last Florian Carvalho from France.

And O’Hare, 22, admitted that failing to show the world what he is really all about with live with him for some time.

“It just wasn’t my day,” he said. “I came into it really quite confident, thinking that if I run a good race I could come away with something that would make me happy. If I was last in the race but still in it with 100m to go that would have been easier to take than to be that far back.

“It is hard to be that far back and when you are searching for those gears and they are not there, it is horrible.

“I have missed an opportunity to really perform and show the world what I have got and it is going to be another two years before I can prove myself again hopefully. To learn from these races you have to have a disappointment and all the guys who were up there have had their experience, been hammered and come back from it and it is a British trait that you pick yourself up and fight back to where you want to be so that is what I will do.”

Elsewhere on the final weekend, Tiffany Porter celebrated bronze in the 100m hurdles with a new personal best of 12.55 seconds, while the women’s 4x100m team crossed fourth in their final only to 
be handed bronze after second-placed France were disqualified.

The men’s 4x100m team thought they had won bronze on Sunday as they crossed the line third only to end up being disqualified when the baton was passed between Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and James Ellington outside of the changeover zone.

The duo were joined by Adam Gemili, who had finished fifth in the 200m final just 24 hours earlier, and Dwain Chambers, with the latter struggling to sum up the disappointment as their celebrations were cut short. “It’s emotional, to be able to cross the line in third place and secure yourself a medal is great and we were all looking forward to getting on the podium,” said the 35-year-old, who has now seen the GB team fail to finish the 4x100m relay in six of the last seven major championships.

“But this is sport and it’s just unfortunate that we were not able to be out there in the stadium experiencing what those guys on the podium are.

“All we can do now is get back home, build up our team spirits and move on to next year.

“Just because we did not succeed the way we wanted does not mean you stop, you get back up again so that’s what you have to do and what we will do.”

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