World Championships 2013: Great Britain cruise into 4x400 metres relay final
Conrad Williams, Michael Bingham, Jamie Bowie and Martyn Rooney finished second in the semi-final
Thursday 15 August 2013
Great Britain's men cruised into the final of the 4x400 metres relay at the World Championships in Moscow tonight.
The quartet of Conrad Williams, Michael Bingham, Jamie Bowie and Martyn Rooney, none of whom competed in the individual event, battled with Jamaica for most of the race before settling for second.
They clocked a season's best three minutes 00.50 seconds, a season's best, to finish 0.09secs behind the Jamaicans.
It was a promising run given the team still have 400m semi-finalist Nigel Levine to bring in for the final tomorrow night.
Rooney, whose split was timed at 44.8s, said: "The guys ran fantastically well. It was a very promising run from a rusty group of athletes."
But Jodie Williams, the 19-year-old former world junior champion competing in her first senior outdoor championships, went out in the semi-finals of the 200m.
She finished seventh place in 23.21s.
Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz missed out on a medal in the high jump.
The 25-year-old, who enjoyed a spectacular rise last year, winning the European title before taking a medal at London 2012, has endured a tough second season.
And there was no change in fortunes at the Luzhniki Stadium as three failures at 2.32m sent him out of the competition.
Grabarz, whose best clearance was 2.29m, had admitted he was coming into the competition "under the radar" and was unable to make an impact as he exited the competition early.
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