Tim Duckworth fails to secure decathlon medal at the European Championships

Last Updated August 08 2018, 21:42Other Sports
Tim Duckworth
Tim Duckworth

Great Britain's Tim Duckworth missed out on a medal in the decathlon at the European Championships as he slipped off the podium at the last.

The 22-year-old American-born athlete came fifth at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on Wednesday with 8,160 points.

Duckworth, who held a 70-point lead going into the final two events, dropped to second after throwing 54.70 metres in the javelin and slipped back further after coming 17th in four minutes 58.28 seconds in the 1500m.

Both were his weakest events as Germany's Arthur Abele took the title but the Californian native still claimed a personal best.

Elsewhere, Dan Bramble came seventh in the long jump final after leaping 7.90 metres.

Adam Gemili scraped into the 200m final in the eighth and last qualification spot after running 20.46 seconds, with Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake fourth fastest in 20.35 seconds.

Gemili said: "It was such an amateur race, like it was my first time running a 200m. It was just terrible and it wasn't clicking.

"I thought I ran a good bend and I came off the bend and I was like, 'right, I can just relax now', and I just took my foot off the gas too much.

"Suddenly everyone started going past me and I was like, 'Oh my God'."

Matt Hudson-Smith eased into the 400m final after winning his heat in 44.76 seconds having begun to slow down with around 50 metres left, and he insisted only he can stop him winning gold.

He said: "I came here as number one, I came here to prove it, and like I say only I can stop myself really.

"Everyone is dangerous who steps on the line. All eight lanes are going to be dangerous. They come here and put their focus on me. I just have to execute and the rest will sort itself out."

Defending champion Martyn Rooney - who has won the last two titles - was knocked out having struggled for from and fitness this season.

He said: "I didn't give myself a chance coming into the champs. The way they've set it up now with two rounds it's kind of messed it up now to be honest.

"It's as simple as that - I know my form wasn't good enough."

Delano Williams pulled out of the 200m semi-final after a back spasm following qualifying on Wednesday morning.

Eilidh Doyle qualified fourth fastest in 55.16 seconds for the 400m hurdles final, with Meghan Beesley also reaching the final in 55.21 seconds.

Doyle said: "To be fair the stage I am in this season I probably would have preferred an extra round as I'm a bit rusty but I didn't want to do an extra round if others only do two rounds! I think it's only fair that we all do three rounds."

Morgan Lake cleared 1.90m in high jump qualifying to reach the final in joint first place while Lynsey Sharp, Adelle Tracey and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke all reached Friday's 800m final.

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