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GB quartet seal stunning bronze

Venue: Olympic Stadium, Berlin Date: 15-23 August
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Mens 4 x 100m relay final

Men's 4x100m highlights

Britain's men won a fantastic bronze in the 4x100m relay at the World Championships in a race that saw Usain Bolt pick up his third gold in Berlin.

Simeon Williamson, Tyrone Edgar, Marlon Devonish and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey all impressed to finish 0.71 seconds behind the winning Jamaican sprint team.

British duo Greg Rutherford and Chris Tomlinson missed out on medals in the final of the men's long jump.

But both GB men's and women's 4x400m teams made it into Sunday's finals.

"It means a lot, it's my first relay medal ever and I'm very happy," Williamson told BBC Sport.

Aikines-Aryeetey added: "It's absolutely amazing, we've been drilled, we've worked hard and we're going to keep on going for more."


The quartet came home in a time of 38.02 seconds which was a new season's best, while Jamaica won the final in 37.31 sec, which was just short of the world record they set at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

"I've never felt this feeling before and I just want to get back to training and I want more and I want more," said Williamson.

While for Devonish the bronze was his fourth relay world championship medal, having also won an Olympic gold in the 4x100m at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

"It's lovely to share this experience with these guys," said Devonish.

"I have had a slice of it and there is more to come. I'm very proud of the guys, we had some ups and downs individually, but there will be a bit of a party now."

The bronze for Britain's men ended an otherwise mixed day for the British team on a high.

Greg Rutherford
Rutheford set a new British record in qualifying

Earlier Steve Lewis had finished a respectable sixth in the pole vault which was won by Australia's Steve Hooker in 5.90 metres with France's Romain Mesnil taking silver and Renaud Lavillenie bronze.

In the long jump Rutherford produced a patchy final performance and could not match his new national record (8.30m) he achieved in qualifying.

After a slow start, he eventually leapt 8.17m to finish fifth, while Tomlinson never quite got going and was eighth with 8.06m.

World number one Dwight Phillips of the US won with a mark of 8.54m, but reigning world and Olympic champion Irving Saladino of Panama failed to record a legal jump in three attempts.

South African Godfrey Mokoena claimed silver and Australian Mitchell Watt won bronze.

Rutherford admitted to being disappointed with missing out on a medal but nonetheless reflected on a relatively successful championships.

"After qualification I wanted to win a medal but I've got to be realistic," said Rutherford, who qualified for the final with a new British record.

"I know there's more in the tank but it didn't happen today and I'll take fifth."

Tomlinson added: "I've only been with my new coach for nine months. Next year I'll be a lot better and rather than making up the numbers in a final I'm sure I'll be in the medals."

GB's women's quartet also came sixth in a 4x100m final won by Jamaica with Bahamas second and Germany third.

The British women, who had been looking to improve on their fourth in Osaka two years ago and qualified as one of the fastest losers, started brightly but Emma Ania struggled in the final leg.

"I'm really disappointed," Laura Turner who ran the first 100m, said. "It's not good enough."

While Emily Freeman said: "We need to work harder towards 2012 and I believe we can medal in London."

The men's 4x400m team of Conrad Williams, Rob Tobin, David Greene and Martyn Rooney reached Sunday's final after finishing third in their semi-final.

Rooney, who failed to reach the individual 400m final, said: "You want to do the best you can as an individual and I was disappointed (not to make the final) but I'm happy we've got a squad where we are going to challenge for a medal. I'm excited about that."

see also
Jamaica's Bolt takes third gold
22 Aug 09 |  Athletics
World Champs - day eight photos
22 Aug 09 |  Athletics
Bolt switches focus to relay gold
21 Aug 09 |  Athletics
Rutherford sets long jump record
20 Aug 09 |  Athletics
Athletics on the BBC
21 Apr 11 |  Athletics

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