December 5 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 6, 2013
Martyn Rooney put in the best performance of the London athletes as he chased down Jonathan Borlee in the final metres to claim 400m glory at the Diamond League in Brussels.
The Sutton racer was part of the 4x400m relay squad in Moscow but failed to qualify for the individual event after a season disrupted by injury.
Tonight he ran a season’s best of 45.05 to reel in home favourite Borlee, with both men given the same time but the Briton awarded the victory.
He said: “I’m really happy to win here. I’ve been ill for a week-and-a-half but to finish with a season’s best, I’m happy with that.
“It’s a bit late but gives me something to build on.”
Christine Ohuruogu was not among the challengers as she finished fifth in the 400m in 50.95 in a race won by American Natasha Hastings.
While it was a flat end to the year for the Briton, ultimately she won the big one having edged out Amantle Montsho by inches for the world title in Russia.
The Londoner said: “I thought it would be quite nice to keep the momentum going and I knew I had some good runs still in me.
“But it’s mentally tough and a bit harder to get back up after what has happened. But I did want to come out and run fast, but I wasn’t quite sharp enough. But I’m cool.”
In the 100m Great Britain’s World Championship finalist James Dasaolu finished eighth in 10.15secs as Usain Bolt eased through for victory in 9.80 seconds.
The Croydon sprinter was also disappointed with his start and although he was level with Bolt in the adjacent lane, the Briton made no impact on the race.
He said: “For me it was about executing the start and I didn’t do that as well as I would have liked to.
“I gave it my best, but maybe I was a bit distracted. When you look at my goals for the season I wanted to run sub-10 seconds, which I have done twice and I made the final in Russia.”
World bronze medallist Tiffany Porter was fourth in the 100m hurdles in 12.78.
James Ellington (20.52) was eighth in the 200m while in the 800m Andrew Osagie was eighth as Mohammed Aman ran the fastest race of the year in 1min 42.37secs, the Briton 2.97secs adrift.