Disappointment for GB in Moscow
Perri Shakes-Drayton and Eilidh Child both missed out on a medal in the 400m hurdles final at the World Championships in Moscow while high jumper Robbie Grabarz and 1500m runner Hannah England were also unable to earn podium spots on Thursday.
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Shakes-Drayton, who was regarded a strong contender for at least a bronze,
saw her hopes yet again derailed by injury and was taken for an ultrasound scan on her left knee straight after the race at the Luzhniki Stadium.
The Londoner finished it in seventh place after a run in which she lost her rhythm entirely, hitting hurdles and abandoning her stride pattern before slowing down at the finish in clear distress.
The 24-year-old revealed she felt the knee complaint after the very first hurdle, but her problems only became evident around the 200m mark.
Her time of 56.25 seconds was more than two seconds down on her semi-final time and more than two-and-a-half seconds slower than her personal best set last month.
Indeed, she has only twice run slower since the start of 2011 and those were both in heats at the UK Championships when she was taking it easy.
She said: "It was going all right until the first hurdle, and after the first hurdle my knee just felt funny.
"It's not the way I would have liked to have finished. It was going so well, leading the heats and the semi.
"But tonight after the first bend I was just going back and back and back. So now I have to go and sort out this knee, but I don't know if I'll actually be in the relay now.
"I don't really know what happened. I was hitting hurdles because of the knee afterwards, but I just don't know. I need to speak to the doctor and to my coach (Chris Zah), but I didn't want it to finish like this.
"It wasn't because of the rounds as I was feeling okay tonight. But these things happen."
It was a bitter case of deja vu for Shakes-Drayton, who missed out on a place in the London 2012 final in her home city last summer after suffering a hamstring problem during the warm-up.
And again fortune deserted her at precisely the wrong time.
Five times this year she has run quicker than the 54.09secs which earned American Dalilah Muhammad the silver behind Czech Zuzanna Hejnova in a world leading 52.83s. Lashinda Demus of the USA won bronze.
Shakes-Drayton managed a brief trackside interview before she was taken for her scan.
Holding a ice pack to the joint, she told BBC Two: "I'm gutted, obviously. I was doing so well and I felt so good.''
The 24-year-old is now a doubt for the 4x400m relay, which gets under way On Friday.
Shakes-Drayton was appearing in her first global outdoor final almost 20 years to the day since Gunnell won the world title in Stuttgart.
And she had looked on course for the ideal end to a fantastic year in Russia, having won double gold at the European Indoor Championships in March.
But when it came to the crunch - the "real deal" as she branded it ahead of the championships - it could not have gone worse.
Child, whose own fine form has been overshadowed by her fellow Briton this season, felt for her team-mate.
"I could see she was a little bit distressed and, for anybody that knows Perri, that wasn't her out there," she said. "I knew something was wrong.
"I just went to make sure she was okay because I know she wanted to get on that podium more than anything.
"She is a tough cookie and hopefully she can come back stronger from this."
Child admitted her result was "bittersweet".
She said: "If you had said to me at the start of the championships I would finish fifth I would have taken it, but it wasn't my best race.
"I didn't execute that well and, having seen what got medals, I feel I could have been up there and on the podium.''
Meanwhile England, who won silver two years ago but saw her Olympic hopes ruined by a freak injury last year as she was spiked in the Achilles tendon, confirmed she was back by finishing fourth in the 1500m final.
The Oxford athlete, who suffered the injury in a race in Holland in May last year and spent five days in hospital with blood poisoning, was not able to run without pain again until the end of the year.
She reached the semi-finals of London 2012 and admitted the injury had left her "angry" and "frustrated".
Those feelings are gone now, though, after another strong finish.
She produced one down the home straight two years ago in Daegu, but this time left herself just a little too much to do as she finished in 4:04.98 as Abeba Aregawi of Sweden took gold ahead of America's Jenny Simpson and Hellen Onsando Obiri of Kenya.
England said: "I left it too late. I'm not sure I could've got those guys.
"Everyone says fourth is the worst position, but it's better than fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth.
"Fourth in the world is amazing. If anything I feel like it's backed up my second from two years ago.
"I feel like I should be more gutted with fourth, but actually I'm really chuffed.
"If only people would appreciate how hard it is to run an 'A' standard, make the team, make the final and then produce a decent performance.
"I'm really proud of myself for putting all that together."
Earlier Olympic bronze medallist Grabarz, 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.
The 25-year-old, 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.
The high-quality competition was won by Ukraine's Bohdan Bondarenko in a championship record 2.41m ahead of Mutaz Essa Barshim and Derek Drouin.
There was better news for Great Britain when the men's 4x400m relay team cruised into Friday's final.
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 on Friday 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.
Men's 400m Hurdles: 1 Jehue Gordon (Tri) 47.69secs, 2 Michael Tinsley (USA) 47.70, 3 Emir Bekric (Ser) 48.05, 4 Omar Cisneros (Cub) 48.12, 5 Felix Sanchez (Dom) 48.22, 6 Javier Culson (Pue) 48.38, 7 Mamadou Kasse Hanne (Maw) 48.68, 8 Kerron Clement (USA) 49.08
Men's 3000m Steeplechase: 1 Ezekiel Kemboi (Ken) 8mins 6.01secs, 2 Conseslus Kiprutd (Ken) 8:6.37, 3 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad (Fra) 8:7.86, 4 Paul Kipsiele Koech (Ken) 8:8.62, 5 Evan Jager (USA) 8:8.67, 6 Matthew Hughes (Can) 8:11.64, 7 Abel Kiprop Mutai (Ken) 8:17.04, 8 Yoann Kdwal (Fra) 8:17.41, 9 Hamid Ezzine (Mar) 8:19.53, 10 Ion Luchianov (Mol) 8:19.99, 11 Angel Mullera (Spa) 8:20.93, 12 Jacob Araptany (Uga) 8:25.86, 13 Alex Genest (Can) 8:27.01, 14 Benjamin Kiplagat (Uga) 8:31.09 DNF: Noureddine Smail (Fra)
Men's High Jump: 1 Bohdan Bondarenko (Ukr) 2.41m, 2 Mutaz Essa Barshim (Qat) 2.38, 3 Derek Drouin (Can) 2.38, 4 Ivan Ukhov (Rus) 2.35, 5 Erik Kynard (USA) 2.32, 6 Donald Thomas (Brn) 2.32, 7 Aleksandr Shustov (Rus) 2.32, 8 Robert Grabarz (Gbr) 2.29, 9 Guowei Zhang (Chn) 2.29, 10 Ryan Ingraham (Bah) 2.25, 10 Konstadinos Baniotis (Gre) 2.25, 10 Kabelo Kgosiemang (Bot) 2.25
Women's 1500 metres: 1 Abeba Aregawi (Eth) 4mins 2.67secs, 2 Jennifer Simpson (USA) 4:2.99, 3 Hellen Onsando Obiri (Ken) 4:3.86, 4 Hannah England (Gbr) 4:4.98, 5 Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon (Ken) 4:5.08, 6 Ekaterina Sharmina (Rus) 4:5.49, 7 Zoe Buckman (Aus) 4:5.77, 8 Genzebe Dibaba (Eth) 4:5.99, 9 Nancy Jebet Langat (Ken) 4:6.01, 10 Mary Cain (USA) 4:7.19, 11 Siham Hilali (Mar) 4:9.16, 12 Elena Kdrdbkina (Rus) 4:10.18
Women's 400m Hurdles: 1 Zuzana Hejonva (Cze) 52.83secs, 2 Dalilah Muhammad (USA) 54.09, 3 Lashinda Demus (USA) 54.27, 4 Anna Titimets (Ukr) 54.72, 5 Eilidh Child (Sco) 54.86, 6 Anna Yaroshchuk (Ukr) 55.01, 7 Perri Shakes-Drayton (Gbr) 56.25, 8 Nickiesha Wilson (Jam) 57.34
Women's Triple Jump: 1 Caterine Ibarguen (Col) 14.85m, 2 Ekaterina Koneva (Rus) 14.81, 3 Olha Saladukha (Ukr) 14.65, 4 Kimberly Williams (Jam) 14.62, 5 Mabel Gay (Cub) 14.45, 6 Hanna Knyazheva-Minenko (Ukr) 14.33, 7 Anna Pyatykh (Rus) 14.29, 8 Irina Gumenyuk (Rus) 14.15, 9 Snezana Rodic (Slo) 14.13, 10 Anna Jagaciak (Lao) 13.95, 11 Dana Veldakova (Svk) 13.84, 12 Athanasia Perra (Gre) 13.75