Hawkins fourth as Kirui wins marathon

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Kirui wins marathon as GB’s Hawkins comes fourth
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Callum Hawkins equalled the best performance by a British athlete in the men’s marathon at the World Championships by finishing fourth.

Scotland’s Hawkins, 25, missed out on the medals but put in an impressive performance as he clocked a personal best time of two hours 10.17 minutes.

Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui won gold with a season’s best of 2:08.27.

Ethiopian Tamirat Tola finished second in 2:09.49, two seconds in front of Tanzania’s Alphonce Simbu.

“It is bittersweet, I could just see third place in the distance,” said Hawkins, who was ninth in the marathon at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

“The last five kilometres, I kept the same distance which was a quite frustrating. Maybe I left it a bit late.

Callum Hawkins was ninth at the 2016 Olympics in Rio

“I wanted to get a medal but fourth is still pretty good I guess. I was just hanging on towards the end.

“I’m still young. Hopefully, in the future I can get in the medals. Hopefully, I will push on in the Commonwealth Games and Tokyo 2020 after that.”

Britain’s Peter Whitehead also finished fourth in the 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg.

‘Probably my worst race of the year’

In the men’s 400m hurdles heats, Britain’s Jack Green hit a hurdle on the final bend.

However, despite finishing fifth and outside the top four automatic qualifying spots, he went through to Monday’s semi-finals as a fastest loser.

“I was running really well. I was really pleased until I managed to wear one,” said the 25-year-old.

“I should’ve been in a position where I could have taken that on and won the race but that’s the 400m hurdles for you. At least I am through so I have to make those changes for tomorrow.”

He described it as his “worst race of the year”, adding: “I will make sure tomorrow is much better.”

Kyron McMaster, of the British Virgin Islands, was one of the favourites but the 20-year-old was disqualified for a lane infringement.

Meanwhile, in the women’s 400m heats, Zoey Clark was the only Briton to qualify for Monday’s semi-finals as team-mates Emily Diamond and Anyika Onuora missed out.

Clark, 22, claimed the third of three automatic qualification spots from her heat with a time of 51.88.

Olympic gold medallist Shaunae Miller-Uibo, of the Bahamas, and world champion Allyson Felix, from America, each won their heats to ease through to progress.

Elsewhere, Britain’s Zak Seddon, Ieuan Thomas and Rob Mullett failed to progress to the men’s 3,000m steeplechase final on Tuesday.

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