9th August 2012
OLYMPICS DAY SEVEN
9 August 2012
Day Seven Morning Session
Men’s 4x400m Relay Heats
The quartet of Nigel Levine (coach: Linford Christie), Conrad Williams (Linford Christie), Jack Green (Malcolm Arnold) and Martyn Rooney (Nick Dakin) progressed into tomorrow’s final with a season’s best time of 3:00.38. Team GB produced an excellent display of 4x400m relay running and were pipped on the line by Trinidad and Tobago.
Green said: "I had the frustration and anger of my individual event so it was nice to come here and make up for that, but I’ve only half made up for it I’ve got tomorrow as well if I am in the team."
"We can run quicker than that, we weren’t being pushed today," admitted Rooney. "If we are in the mix after the first two legs there are no reasons why we can’t win a medal."
"We ran the fastest time we’ve run for a while," said Williams. "We will definitely break three minutes to be on the medal rostrum."
Day Seven Evening Session
Women’s 800m Semi-Final
After qualifying for the 800m semi-final yesterday, Lynsey Sharp (David Sunderland) missed out on a place in the final finishing 7th in a time of 2:01.78.
Sharp said: "I wanted to walk off the track and have done myself proud. The time I ran today is not what I’m capable of, as I am in the best shape of my life and it just didn’t come together – that’s why I am frustrated.
"My aim was to make the semi, but I also thought I could have ran a PB here. Neither of the races were ran in a way that was a PB race, so I guess I just got half my goal."
Men’s 800m Final
In a race that saw David Rudisha break his own World Record, Andrew Osagie (Craig Winrow) ran a personal best of 1:43.77 to finish 8th in the 800m final.
Osagie’s time would have been good enough to win gold in the last three Olympic Games, and the 24 year old was delighted with the way he performed in front of an 80,000 capacity crowd.
"To run a PB in the final is unbelievable – I think any major championships I would have got a medal with that time. My aim this games was to run 1:44 flat in the final, and that was going to be enough to be up there. Unfortunately, it was ran a little bit quicker and I was right at the back of the field.
"It was a great race, and I think an athlete like David Rudisha deserves so much respect, even if you’re trying to beat him. I’m so happy I got to be a part of the Olympics this year – it was such a big achievement.
"Next year, I am going to come back and I’m going to be faster and stronger – this is my first international season where I’ve managed to last from May until the championship, so it bodes well for the future."
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