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GB win two silvers on final day

Lisa Dobriskey

Dobriskey wins 1500m silver

Venue: Olympic Stadium, Berlin Date: 15-23 August

Lisa Dobriskey and the men's 4x400m relay team boosted Great Britain's medal haul to six on the final day of the World Championships in Berlin.

Dobriskey, was upgraded from bronze to silver in the 1500m after Natalia Rodriguez was disqualified for pushing Gelete Burka, who fell on the last lap.

Then Conrad Williams, Michael Bingham, Rob Tobin and Martyn Rooney ended the championships in style in the relay.

They were second for most of the race, finishing behind a dominant US quartet.

However, Great Britain's women finished out of the medals in fourth in the 4x400m relay after a botched baton handover.

And Mo Farah could not match the pace of Ethiopian champion Kenenisa Bekele in the 5,000m, the Briton finishing seventh.

The two silvers on the final day saw Great Britain surpass their pre-championships target of five medals, giving them their best World Championships haul since seven were won in Seville in 1999, and putting them eighth in the final medal table.

Last year I was so disappointed and I didn't want to finish in that position again

Lisa Dobriskey

After golds for heptathlete Jessica Ennis and Phillips Idowu in the triple jump, there were also bronze medals for 800m runner Jenny Meadows and the men's 4x100m relay team.

"It's encouraging, that's probably the best word," said UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee. "I'm happy."

Dobriskey, 26, was just one hundredth of a second behind defending champion Maryam Yusuf Jamal in the sprint.

And she was delighted after an injury-hit season following her fourth place in last year's Olympic final.

A stress fracture in her back kept her out of training for three months over Christmas and she then suffered a thigh injury.

"Last year I was so disappointed and I didn't want to finish in that position again," she told BBC Sport.


"I can't quite take it in at the moment. There are so many people I need to thank. Just to get me on the start line was a major achievement."

Ethiopian Burka was leading the final until the incident on the final lap, when a surging Rodriguez attempted to get past her on the inside and pushed her from behind.

Spaniard Rodriguez did not celebrate after the finish and went straight to console Burka, who had regained her feet to finish behind the pack but fell to the track in disappointment.

After sneaking into the 4x400m final as one of the fastest third-place finishers in Saturday's semi-finals, Great Britain's men's quartet got their tactics just right in the championship finale.

It's my first senior medal and it's about time we got a relay medal

Martyn Rooney

Bingham put in a strong second leg, Tobin avoided the late fade he suffered on Saturday and Rooney opened up the gap on Australia in third.

"I didn't want to go out too quick, so I relaxed, stayed calm and set up Rooney in a good position," said Tobin.

Rooney added: "It's my first senior medal and it's about time we got a relay medal. We've had good teams and always come fourth or sixth."

There were no celebrations, though, for the GB women's 4x400m relay team, though, as officials held Vicki Barr back, slowing her handover from Christine Ohuruogu after the second leg.

Anchored by Sanya Richards, the USA secured a resounding win from Jamaica and Russia.

"I lined up in fourth and an official put everyone else in front of me. The best I could do was wave," said Barr.

"It's really disappointing because that took a big chunk out of how close we were to Jamaica."

Meanwhile, Farah, who was sixth in Osaka two years ago, was annoyed not to improve on that as he faded on the last lap.

"I'm disappointed, I was hoping I could come away with a medal and improve from two years ago but, looking back, I don't think I could have done any more," he said.

"I gave 100% but my legs didn't feel as fresh as they could have.

"I had hoped the heats would have been easier but I had to treat mine as a final and work hard."

Replay - GB men claim Silver in 4x400m

Replay - GB men claim silver in 4x400m

see also
Bekele completes distance double
23 Aug 09 |  Athletics
Athletics World Champs photos
23 Aug 09 |  Athletics
Dobriskey through to 1500m final
21 Aug 09 |  Athletics
Athletics on the BBC
21 Apr 11 |  Athletics

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