Olympics have ended in misery after a calamity in the 4x100m but
Katharine Merry and her colleagues are through to their final.
men’s sprint squad was hotly tipped to take the United States
to the wire in the final of the relay, but it all ended on the
first bend of the opening round.
A disastrous handover
between Allyn Condon and Jason Gardener put Great Britain behind
the rest of the field.
Despite racing against
sprint giants like Ivory Coast, Guatemala and India, the British
couldn’t catch up.
By the time Devonish got
the baton to anchor man Dwain Chambers, the British were well
tried to get going before he had the baton and he had to come to
a stop before the Coventry Godiva Harriers star could give it to
Britain trailed in
eighth, and then suffered the ignominy of being disqualified
because the first change had left the permitted area.
UK Athletics Performance
Director Max Jones said:
absolutely devastated. It could have been the icing on the
"We've had a
great games so far and the 4x100m was one of our medal bankers
"But you've got
to get through the rounds to get in the final and have a
chance of a medal and unfortunately we didn't make it.
"We tried to make
it safety first, which the Americans did and did it
splendidly. But obviously it didn't work."
A disgusted Dwain
"What can I say,
it's all over. I came here hoping to pick up a medal because I
did not get one in the 100m and I am a bit gutted.
"I don't know
what happened. I knew from the first change over that we had
blown it. I knew from then, forget it."
He added of the
changeover with Devonish:
"I had to stop
and go back. Marlon could not catch me, what else can I
athlete Katharine Merry enjoyed more success with the women’s
4x400m team in what is becoming amore successful time on the
track for the ladies.
They made it through to
tomorrow’s final after finishing in 3:25:28.
United States are the favourites, with Jamaica, Australia and
Nigeria among the other strong medal contenders.