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GB finishes on a high with relay medals

Eilidh Doyle

Eilidh Doyle: proud team captain (pic: SNS Group)

Great Britain team captain Eilidh Doyle spoke of her pride as the host nation brought the World Championships to a close with two medals on the final day in London.

Behind a stunning USA performance for gold in the women’s 4 x 400 metres relay, the British quartet of Zoey Clark, Laviai Nielsen, Doyle and Emily Diamond made it seven world medals in seven championships with a superb second place finish.

Moments later the men’s quartet of Matthew Hudson-Smith, Dwayne Cowan, Rabah Yousif and Martyn Rooney ran a fine race to claim bronze to take the British medal tally to six.

“If you look at the team as a whole, we’ve performed really well,” said Doyle.

“We might have just made the medal target but sometimes that’s irrelevant.

“Look at the bigger picture and I’m super proud of this team.”

Elsewhere on the final day, Laura Muir finished outside the medals in the women’s 5000 metres final.

Sixth in 14:52.07, however, represents a worthy result for Muir in her first major 5000m final, having also finished fourth in her preferred 1500m.

“Fourth and sixth, five races in 10 days, I think I can take so many positives from this,” said the Scot.

“I’ve showed I’m a contender in both events so I’m happy with that.”

Her compatriot Eilish McColgan was 10th in 15:00.43.

Lynsey Sharp was eighth in the final of the women’s 800m, won by South Africa’s Caster Semenya.

Chris O’Hare trailed in last in the men’s 1500m final as Kenya’s Elijah Manangoi held off fellow-countryman Timothy Cheruiyot.

The men’s high jump final saw GB’s Robbie Grabarz finish sixth behind gold medal winner Mutaz Barshim from Qatar.

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