European Championships: Tim Duckworth misses out on decathlon medal
Britain’s Tim Duckworth missed out on a medal within the males’s decathlon on the European Championships in Berlin.
The 22-year-old had been within the lead after eight of the 10 occasions, earlier than struggling within the ultimate two competitions – the javelin and 1500m.
Duckworth, born to British mother and father in the USA, got here fifth total with a complete of 8,160 factors.
Germany’s Arthur Abele gained with 8,431 factors, with Russian Ilya Shkurenyov second and Belarus’ Vitali Zhuk third.
Duckworth was competing in his first main championships and held an in a single day lead on the finish of the primary day’s motion.
After the 110m hurdles, discus and pole vault on Wednesday morning, he nonetheless had a 70-point benefit over Shkurenyov, who was competing below the authorised impartial athlete banner, as Russia is suspended from worldwide athletics by the IAAF.
Nevertheless, Duckworth’s greatest effort within the javelin was solely 54.78 metres, nicely in need of Abele’s better of 68.10m, a throw that noticed the German take the general lead.
Duckworth remained second earlier than the ultimate occasion however dropped all the way down to fifth after he completed greater than 30 seconds behind the main opponents within the 1500m in a time of 4 minutes 58.28 seconds.
“I’m drained, very drained,” he stated. “It was a very, actually cool expertise, it was subsequent degree. It was a greater expertise than I believed it was going to be.
“It was a hell of an expertise main it, however I do not really feel prefer it was an excellent decathlon for me.
“It was a superb rating however when it comes to the place I needed to be, some occasions had been down – the 100m, lengthy bounce, hurdles. There was lots down however quite a lot of skilled gained from all of it and it’s all in the direction of the subsequent three years.
“There was quite a lot of help for me and I am grateful for that as a result of it was an extended, gruelling two days with a number of ups and downs. My purpose was to come back prime 5 and you’ll’t be too mad with the rating if you’re prime 5.”
‘There’s a lot he can enhance on’ – evaluation
Daley Thompson, two-time Olympic decathlon champion on BBC TV
He is had a constructive few days and he is proven he belongs among the many European elite. He began so nicely however we have seen his weaker occasions come by on the finish. He is aware of there are issues to work on so we’ll see what he can do sooner or later and possibly he could be across the medals.
I feel he is acquired a giant future. He is been competing since February – now it is August – so it is virtually unattainable to compete on the elite degree for that period of time. I feel the previous couple of days have actually performed on him and now he is actually drained.
If we give him a while and let him develop into the occasion – he is studying lots right here – there’s a lot he can enhance on. However I’ve little doubt that if he can put an honest decathlon collectively he can win one thing large sooner or later.
Mitchell-Blake and Gemili into 200m ultimate
Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Adam Gemili each certified for Thursday’s ultimate within the 200m.
Mitchell-Blake, 24, got here second in his semi-final in a time of 20.35 seconds, with 24-year-old Gemili, who gained European gold in 2014, advancing as one of many quickest losers after coming third in his semi-final in 20.46.
The ultimate additionally consists of Turkey’s reigning world champion Ramil Guliyev, Spain’s 2016 European champion Bruno Hortelano and Eire’s Leon Reid, the bronze medallist within the Commonwealth Video games in April.
Olympic heptathlon gold medallist Denise Lewis felt each Britons would wrestle to win a medal. She stated: “I watched Adam Gemili and Nathaneel Mitchell-Blake on the trials and I do not suppose they’ve one other gear in the intervening time.
“I do not imagine the speak once they say they really feel good, as a result of they do not – I feel there are some underlying points there.”
4-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Johnson added: “The difficulty is greater than bodily for Adam Gemili – it is psychological too.
“They wish to put their foot down and there is nothing there – as a world class athlete that is not the place you wish to be.”
Gemili admitted he wanted to do higher if he was to complete within the prime three. He informed BBC TV: “It isn’t a pleasant place to be. I do not know. It isn’t clicking. I’m making an attempt. I believed I ran a superb bend and needed to enter cruise management however the guys simply stored coming.
“It was an beginner race. I really feel like I am way more skilled than that. It was actually disappointing. I would like to sit down down with my coach and work out what has gone mistaken.
“To scrape by to a European ultimate… I really feel I am significantly better than that.”
‘My coach informed me to point out off’
Matthew Hudson-Smith impressively gained his semi-final to maneuver into Friday’s 400m ultimate in a time of 44.76 seconds, however Dwayne Cowan, Rabah Yousif and Martyn Rooney all didn’t qualify.
“My coach informed me to go on the market and exhibit and that is precisely what I did. Individuals informed me to dominate,” Hudson-Smith informed BBC Sport.
“I’m right here to do a job. I got here to win and to execute. My coach has informed me I’ve performed the work and that’s all to be stated.”
There will likely be three British ladies – Lynsey Sharp, Adelle Tracey and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke – within the ladies’s 800m ultimate on Friday, with Eilidh Doyle and Meghan Beesley transferring into Friday’s 400m hurdles ultimate.
Morgan Lake cleared 1.9m to advance into Friday’s ladies’s excessive bounce ultimate, however Nikki Manson didn’t qualify in the identical occasion and Sophie McKinna missed out on a medal within the shot put as she got here seventh.
Alice Wright got here sixth within the ladies’s 10,000m ultimate, with Dan Bramble seventh within the males’s lengthy bounce.