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Relay medals for Britain as World Championships draws to a close

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Britain won silver in the women’s 4x400m relay and bronze in the men’s 4x400m in London.

Zoey Clark, Eilidh Doyle, Emily Diamond and Laviai Nielsen

Great Britain captain Eilidh Doyle insists the World Championships have been a success for the team after the hosts just hit their medal target.

The 30-year-old was part of the women’s 4×400 metre relay which claimed silver just before the men’s team picked up a bronze.

It was Great Britain’s sixth medal of the games, allowing them to hit the six-to-eight target they had been set before the championships in London.

Great Britain’s final medal tally at the World Athletics Championships
(PA graphics)

They had won just one medal before Saturday, Sir Mo Farah’s 10,000m title on the first evening, but Farah’s silver in the 5000m and gold and silver for the men and women in the 4x100m relay boosted the total.

Britain also had five fourth places and Doyle believes the future is bright after the London championships.

Skipper Doyle said: “You’ve got to look at the bigger picture. We’ve made the target but we’ve also had some really excellent results.

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“Look at the sprinters. The 4x100m boys are world champions. They beat America, they beat Jamaica.

“But also you look at the finals and personal bests – how many people finished higher than they were ranked coming in?

“If you look at the team as a whole, we’ve performed really well. We might have just made the medal target but sometimes that’s irrelevant. You look at the bigger picture and I’m super proud of this team.”

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Doyle joined Zoey Clark, Emily Diamond and Laviai Nielsen to finish behind the United States and claim silver for the women’s 4x400m team on Sunday night.

“For us to go out there and win a silver medal – we always tend to be among the bronzes – is just incredible. It’s been a great ending to a great championships,” she added.

Just minutes later Matthew Hudson-Smith, Martyn Rooney, Rabah Yousif and Dwayne Cowan clocked a season’s best of two minutes 59 seconds behind winners Trinidad and Tobago and second-placed the United States.

Meanwhile, Laura Muir declared she was satisfied with her World Championships as she prepares to return to her studies.

The 24-year-old finished sixth in the 5000 metres on Sunday in London after finishing fourth in the 1500m on Monday.

Muir had played down her chances in the 5000m, a relatively new event for her, and she never challenged for a medal to finish in 14 minutes 52.07 seconds.

“I’m really happy, sixth in the world in an event I’ve only run once before outdoors, I’m really pleased,” she said after Kenya’s Hellen Obiri ran away with the race.

“I was going to let (Almaz) Ayana and Obiri go, I knew they were in a different class of their own right now, I wasn’t too worried about them breaking away.

“I had a lot of rounds in the legs so I had to pace myself and stay strong. Fourth and sixth, five races in 10 days, I think I can take so many positives from this.

“I’ve shown I’m a contender in both events so I’m happy with that. To get that fourth was really hard but at the same time I know I have the potential to get a medal. It’s better to be that close than really far away.”

It completed her championships and she will now head back to Scotland and return to her studies to become a vet in a week.

Muir added: “It’s a solid eight months rotation. I’m looking forward to getting there and hopefully graduating next year as a vet.”

Elsewhere, Robbie Grabarz, who won Olympic bronze in London five years ago, failed to make an impact in the high jump final and bowed out having failed to clear 2.29 metres.

Lynsey Sharp finished last in the 800m final in 1min 58.98secs, having reached it as a fastest loser on Friday.

Sharp was reinstated to the final after initially being disqualified for a push in the semi-final but British Athletics won an appeal against it.

Chris O’Hara also finished last in the 1500m, clocking in at 3min 38.28s.

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