Last night the curtain came down on the World Athletics Championships in London as Great Britain managed to meet their six-medal target. Overall, they finished sixth on the medal table with the United States topping the list with a remarkable 30 medals.
Earlier in the week, it had looked like Team GB might miss out on their medal target following a series of near misses which saw the likes of Laura Muir, Katrina Johnson-Thompson and Sophie Hitchon all under perform. However, some fantastic performances over the weekend saw the team achieve UK Sport’s target.
In particular the men’s 4x100m relay victory on Saturday. All the attention prior to the race was on Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt ahead of his final ever race. However, injury prevented a dream finish for Bolt pulling up and failing to finish the race. This paved the way for Britain to claim gold with a time of 37.47 enough to push USA into second place.
Adam Gemili, CJ Ujah, Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake go home as World Champions and hope they can replicate this kind of form at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Sir Mo Farah was also bringing his track and field career to an end in London and is going to now focus on road events. He raced in the 5,000m after already triumphing in the 10,000m on the opening night.
However, just like with Bolt, Mo’s finale did not go the way he would have liked. Missing out on a fifth consecutive distance double, he took silver as Ethiopian runner Muktar Edris took home the gold.
He said “The 10,000m took a lot more out of me than I realised. I was trying to cover every move but they had a game plan – one of them was going to sacrifice himself and that’s what they did and the better man won.”
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