By Ros Satar
- GB’s men and women win 4×400 bronze medals
- Britain’s best World Championships includes 4 golds
- Total of seven medals puts GB fourth (4 Gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
BEIJING, CHINA – After the in-fighting from a bad-tempered 4x100m men’s squad, the 4x400m teams got the job done, closing out Great Britain’s best performance at a World Championships.
First up was Christine Ohuruogu, Annika Onuora, Eilidh Child and Seren Bundy-Davies finished behind winners Jamaica, and the USA with the two-time World champion gaining some solace after finishing last in the individual 400m, as she kept the Brits in contention.
Amidst the acrimony still falling out from the men’s 4x100m side, who failed to get the baton round, the women’s team changed their running order around, as Child, who finished sixth in the 400m hurdles final, explained, talking to BBC Sport.
“I didn’t have a great championship individually but to come out with these girls, they pick you up and you get another chance to get a medal.”
But with all the hilarity that ensued with the team build-up and posing on their marks, it was left to new father and team captain Martyn Rooney to bring the boys home. Rooney missed the birth of his first child to make the Beijing line-up, and the guys performed a rocking motion as they were called out to do their thing in front of the cameras. The quartet was Rabah Yousif, Delanno Williams, Jarryd Dunn and Rooney.
But out on the track it was another matter. Taking the baton in third, behind USA and Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica’s Javon Francis took off at a pelt, screaming past Rooney and planting himself at the front of the pack.
It was a foolhardy move, as he tired dramatically in the home straight, and Rooney dipped to get the bronze, to the joy of the watching 4x400m women’s team.
“It has been a special week having my first child,” said Rooney. “I did not want to go home empty handed, I wanted to bring something back to my wife to make it worthwhile. Hopefully she is proud of what I have done. I can’t wait to meet him.”
The next IAAF Diamond League will take place in Zurich on 3 September.