Earlier on Christine Ohuruogu (Lloyd Cowan) suffered the cruel hand of disqualification following her false start in the heats of the 400m. The reigning Olympic Champion clearly broke from her blocks ahead of the pack and was dealt a red card by the official resulting in her removal from the track and the competition.
Ohuruogu, who has worked hard to return from an early season injury was devastated with her mistake:
“I don’t know (what happened), I false started. People false start all the time. I’ve just wasted all that hard work, it’s just wasted. Listen, I’m broken you can all see I’m broken, there’s nothing else I can say.”
In the meantime there was better news for Lee McConnell (Rodger Harkins) and former World silver medallist Nicola Sanders (Tony Lester) as they progressed to tomorrow’s semi finals. McConnell was third in her heat in 52.75 whilst Sanders progressed as a fastest loser with 52.65 for fifth place in her heat.
McConnell, who has had a superb season over the one lap offered words of comfort to her team-mate:
“We’ve all gone out of Championships in ways we didn’t want to do and this is another way for it to happen. But she’s strong, she’s a strong girl and I’m sure she’ll get over this and we’ll do what we can to help her. I don’t think there is anything you can say, just a bit of a hug and letting her know you’re there.”
Meanwhile Sanders was thankful of a second chance after what she felt was a poor performance:
“I should have been more confident in my own race. I don’t want to do anything different I just don’t want to get drawn into someone else’s race,” she said.
“I was disappointed when I finished but then someone told me I had qualified I was like ok. I am glad I have got a chance to redeem myself. “
Amantle Montsho of Botswana led qualifying with 50.95 to win the fourth heat ahead of McConnell.
Finally, in the women’s long jump qualifying Shara Proctor (Rana Reider) was disappointed to exit the competition with a best leap of 6.34m, having set a personal best of 6.81m earlier this season.
“It wasn’t what I was expecting. I got out there and I was feeling good. I fouled twice then jumped 6.34m. I just couldn’t get a good rhythm,” she said.
“I keep fouling and then it came to the last jump and I guessed I panicked. It wasn’t nerves at all I was too fast for the run up and I just kept fouling.”
Sunday’s action featuring Aviva GB & NI team members includes women’s pole vault qualifying with British record holder Holly Bleasdale (Julian Raffalli), and the women’s 1500m heats including World silver medallist Lisa Dobriskey (Ricky Soos).
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