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No joy for Brits in Moscow
8:36pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Sport
EILIDH Child admitted that she had let a chance of a medal pass her by after she finished fifth in the 400m hurdles final at the World Athletics Championships.
The 26-year-old paid the price for a third-place finish in her semi-final as she was stuck out in lane eight for the medal showdown at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Child looked in good shape going through the rounds along with fellow Brit Perri Shakes-Drayton and the duo were much fancied to challenge the podium positions.
She struggled with her stride pattern down the back straight before recovering to finish strongly for fifth place in 54.86seconds while Shakes-Drayton was seventh.
And Child admitted to mixed emotions in a race where her personal best and Scottish record of 54.22 would have been enough to claim bronze.
"It feels a bit bittersweet just now," said Child. "If you had told me I would finish fifth in the worlds then I would have taken it but that was not my best race.
"I didn't execute it that well and seeing what got medals I think I could have been up there. But it's the third race in four days and sometimes the legs don't have it.
"So I'm happy to have come fifth and hopefully I can get on the podium next time. I lost my stride a bit on the back straight and felt I was trying to fight back the whole way.
"However it had been the home straight I struggled with in the heats and semi-finals. So if I can just combine the two it would be a better race."
Shakes-Drayton, the European indoor champion over the flat 400m, qualified for the final as the second fastest.
And, while Hungary's Zuzana Hejnova cruised to gold, Shakes-Drayton faded terribly to finish seventh.
Shakes-Drayton admitted that a knee injury before the race had left her hobbling by the time she reached the finish line.
And, with both Child and Shakes-Drayton hoping to be involved in the British women's 4x400m relay squad this weekend the duo will be hoping her injury is not too serious.
"In the race it felt like my knee was wobbling and doing something it should not have been doing," said Shakes-Drayton, who went for an MRI scan straight after the race.
"I am gutted obviously, I was doing so well and feeling so good but I was just not in that race. It happened before I clattered into the hurdle.
"I was like 'Oh God, please hold on' because I was still pushing. I was just losing control I don't know what is wrong with it."
There was better news for two other Scots though as Jamie Bowie formed part of the men's 4x400m relay team that qualified through to today's final.
He ran the third leg as he, Conrad Williams, Michael Bingham and Martyn Rooney finished second to Jamaica in a season's best time of 3:00.50minutes.
And there was success for Laura Muir as she made it through the 800m heats along with Marilyn Okoro on her world debut, finishing third in 2:00.80minutes.
Elsewhere on a disappointing night for the Brits, Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz had to settle for eighth as Ukraine's Bohdan Bondarenko stole the show.
Bondarenko jumped a championship record of 2.41m before trying but failing to better Javier Sotomayor's world mark of 2.45m with three failures at 2.46m.
Like Grabarz, Hannah England just missed out on the podium in fourth in the 1500m final, running out of metres to catch Hellen Obiri as Sweden's Abeba Aregawi continued her unbeaten run to take gold.
Elsewhere in a dramatic men's 400m hurdles final Jehue Gordon beat American Michael Tinsley in a photo finish with a world leading time of 47.69 while double Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi won his third success global title in the 3000m steeplechase.
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