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UK quartet in World Athletics Final

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Mo Farah
Mo Farah

Four UK athletes competed at the IAAF World Athletics Final in Stuttgart on Saturday and Sunday 9 and 10 September towards the end of a long, hard track and field season that began at the Commonwealth Games in March.

 

European 800m Bronze medallist Becky Lyne (Hallamshire Harriers Sheffield) finished her fabulous breakthrough season as a Senior by taking fifth place in 2:00.20 in a race won in a meeting record of 1:59.02 by Zulia Calatayud (Cuba).

 

Tasha Danvers-Smith (Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers) finished fifth in the 400m hurdles in 55.23 seconds, six-hundredths slower than the time that earned her the Silver medal in Melbourne. Lashinda Demus (USA) won in 53.42.

 

Commonwealth heptathlon Champion Kelly Sotherton (Birchfield), who plans to compete in the Talence heptathlon in France before ending her season, was eighth in the long jump with 5.85m (wind: +0.6). Tatyana Lebedeva (Russia) won with 6.92m (0.7).

 

Mo Farah (Newham and Essex Beagles), the European 5000m Silver medallist, boldly took on the pace after the first two laps of the 3000m but was overhauled with three laps to go and finished 12th in 8:00.60 in a race won by Tariku Bekele (Ethiopia)in 7:38.98.

 

Farah said: “I was lucky to get into this race. I decided to hit the front and see how it goes. I felt tired. But I can’t complain; the season has gone well for me. Maybe it’s time to have a break now.”