Olympics: Eilidh Doyle promises much more in 400m hurdles final

Eilidh Doyle made tomorrow's final as a fastest loser
Eilidh Doyle made tomorrow's final as a fastest loser
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Eilidh Doyle might have squeezed into the Olympic 400m hurdles final in last place, but she insists there is still plenty more to come from her.

For the majority of the Scot’s semi-final, a place in Thursday’s final never looked in doubt as she came over the last hurdle in first place with the finish line in her sights.

However, American Ashley Spencer and Janieve Russell of Jamaica both finished strong to push Doyle into third, meaning she had an anxious wait to see if her time of 54.99 seconds would be good enough for one of two fastest losers spots.

Thankfully, it was and the 29-year-old is adamant we shouldn’t read too much into her qualifying position ahead of the showpiece.

“It wasn’t the best race to get into the final but at least I’ve got there,” Doyle said. “I stepped off the track knowing I had given everything. I actually executed the race really well and I had a good stride pattern – nice and smooth. “I think the only thing is I tied up a bit at the end when I was fighting for that line.

“I have made it now and I have a day off, relax and recover and get ready for the final.

Meanwhile, Laura Muir insisted she had no regrets despite seeing a medal slip through her fingers on Tuesday evening.

Heading into the women’s 1500m final, Muir looked in imperious form as she comfortably navigated her way through a heat and a semi-final.

She carried that prowess over into the final and, after sitting at the back of the field for the first two laps, moved through to sit behind world record holder Genzebe Dibaba at the front.

Midway through the race Dibaba made a break but she couldn’t shake Muir off as the 23-year-old was right there with her and Kenyan Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon.

But on the final lap Muir began to tire and, as Kipyegon and Dibaba raced away for first and second place respectively, the Scot trundled over the line in 4:12.88 minutes for seventh place.

“I am really proud with how I ran and I couldn’t have done any more on the day. It just happened that the legs were not in it,” Muir said.

“For a first Olympics to make the final in the way that I did and to perform as I did in that final I am really proud. It will take a few more years to get that strength but hopefully I can look toward Tokyo 2020.”

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