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ATHLETICS: Hannah 'chuffed' with fourth place
9:20am Friday 16th August 2013 in Sport
Hannah England was happy after coming fourth in the 1500 metres at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow last night, writes Stuart Weir.
The 26-year-old Oxford City athlete said: “Fourth place in the world is amazing.
“I feel I backed up what I did with my silver medal in Daegu in 2011.”
England felt that fourth place was the best she could have done and believed she got her tactics just right.
“I don’t think I left it too late,” she said.
“I am not sure I would have got those first three anyway. I think I ran a good race.
“Everyone says fourth is the worst place to finish, but there is fifth, sixth.
“It is amazing. I feel like I should be really gutted with fourth, but actually I am really chuffed.”
Yet she also admitted that watching the medallists go on their lap of honour had been upsetting because “that is where she wanted to be.”
The race was won by Abebe Aregawi, the Ethiopian born athlete who runs for Sweden and who has been the world’s fastest this year, in a time of 4.02.67. Defending champion, Jenny Simpson of USA was second in 4.02.99. Kenya’s Hellen Obiri was third in 4.03.66. The 12 runners were bunched for most of the race with Hannah sitting in the middle of the pack.
When the leaders made a move with 200 metres to go they opened up a gap on the rest.
However, England made a strong run to claim fourth place in 4.04.98, but never looked like making a medal position.
Reflecting on the injury which blighted her 2012 season, she said: “Fourth in the world is a great achievement after what happened last year. “Not getting a medal is disappointing but it is a lot better than last year. On the race itself she said, “There was a lot of rough and tumble. “It was surprising that no one fell over but I did not get caught up in that. “I had a clear run and didn’t get bumped around so I don’t want to use that as an excuse.” That she finished ahead of runners like Faith Kipyegon (5th), Genzebe Dibaba (8th), both of whom have run significantly faster this year puts her performance in context.
It shows what an excellent championship runner she is.
England added: “I am gutted that I have got to wait another 11 months for a championship, with the Commonwealths.”
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