Beagles star tired after a long season

PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 September 2017

Great Britain's Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake after finishing fourth in the 200m final at the World Championships at London Stadium (pic Adam Davy/PA)

Great Britain's Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake after finishing fourth in the 200m final at the World Championships at London Stadium (pic Adam Davy/PA)

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World Championship gold medalist battles in Diamond League final

Great Britain's Rabah Yousif (pic: Adam Davy/PA) Great Britain's Rabah Yousif (pic: Adam Davy/PA)

Newham & Essex Beagles own busy-bee Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake says he gave it his best shot in his 200m run at the Van Damme Memorial Diamond League Finale last Friday.

The 23-year-old clocked 20.33secs to finish seventh, one place behind fellow Brit Zharnal Hughes (20.27).

USA’s young sprint sensation Noah Lyles secured the Diamond League title.

And Mitchell-Blake, who claimed relay gold at the World Championships last month, gave a brutally honest assessment: “It wasn’t my best race to be truthful,” he said. “No excuses, you have got to perform.

“Everyone is tired, but I gave it my best shot and that’s all I can ask for during this time of the season.”

Mitchell-Blake will end his long 2017 campaign this Saturday at the Great North City Games in Newcastle.

“It’s been a long season,” he continues. “I’m in the collegiate system. I’m the only athlete here still competitively running at college and ran about 50 races this year. Some people haven’t done half of that.

“So naturally it’s more on tiring on the body but what can I say, I’m here to compete.”

And in Newcastle-Gateshead Mitchell-Blake will go against St Kitts & Nevis’ 2003 World 100m champion Kim Collins, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Ameer Webb over 150m.

Fellow Beagle Rabah Yousif ran 46.10 in the men’s 400m in Brussels.

The 30-year-old finished second behind Luguelin Santos who was the only competitor in the field to run under 46 seconds in 45.67.

And yet again Yousif got the better of his fellow Team GB relay colleague Martyn Rooney, this time a place ahead with the South Londoner posting 46.29, while the three Belgian Borlée brothers followed afterwards.

“It’s all right,” said Yousif, who will also be competing in Gateshead this weekend in the rarely-run 500m event with his good friend Rooney once again.

“I just wanted to finish the season off with my last race on the track, I’m just happy.

“The most important thing is getting the placing and result.”


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