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London 2017: Yousif helps 4x400m men into final

PUBLISHED: 14:30 12 August 2017

Great Britain's Martyn Rooney (centre) in the 4x400m relay at the World Championships at London Stadium (pic Adam Davy/PA)

Great Britain's Martyn Rooney (centre) in the 4x400m relay at the World Championships at London Stadium (pic Adam Davy/PA)

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Newham & Essex Beagles Rabah Yousif helped Great Britain’s men into the 4x400m relay final at the World Championships at London Stadium.

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

Yousif ran the opening leg of their heat, before passing the baton to Dwayne Cowan, who kept on the heels of the American squad.

Hurdler Jack Green then took up the chase, before Martyn Rooney brought the team home in fourth place in a season’s best of 3.00.10, which was good enough for one of the fastest losers spots.

Yousif said: “My objective was to go and make it happen and leave the guys in a good position. I feel like I’ve done what I had to do and hand off to Dwayne in a good position.

“We’ll take this, go home, recover. For some of us, this is our first race of the championships, so we need to shake off the dust and come back tomorrow.

“It is all about making it to the final and trying to make it easier for each other and trying to set it up for the others. Hopefully we can go out there tomorrow and do something good in the final.”

Cowan added: “My legs feel fresh now. I have recovered well. Hopefully I can recover well again for tomorrow and run even faster in the final.”

Green said: “It was solid but I don’t think it was anything to write home about. It was quite hard to go into a World Championships in what may as well have been the final.

“I am pleased that I was able to help the team out. I am pleased to be in the squad and lucky to be running with this calibre of athlete.”

The experienced Rooney added: “The guys ran so well and they put me in a great position. I ran poorly but they did the job for me and I am glad we got through. It is job done.”

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