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Merry Reaches 400m Final

Coventry runner Andy Hart is out of the Olympics, but Rugby’s Katharine Merry has reached the final of the 400m.

Katharine MerryDunchurch-born Katharine Merry secured her place in the final with an easy win in the second heat and a strong second place in the semi-final.

She won her second round heat by more than half a second with a time of 50.50s. In the semi-final Jamaica's Lorraine Graham beat Merry into second place by a mere 0.04s with a winning time of 50.28 seconds.

Merry, who has suffered from injury and illness this year, said she would have preferred longer to get into top shape for the games.

But she said:

“I could have done with a few more weeks, but the Olympics don’t wait for anyone.”

Merry will now run in Monday's final alongside fellow Briton Donna Fraser.

Andy Hart started his bid for success in the 800m early on Saturday, but failed to get through his heat.

Faced with tough qualification conditions – only the first two were guaranteed a place in the semi-final, Hart ran a positive race.

Starting in the outside lane he made sure he kept track position.

With a strong field around him he tried to make a break with about 200m to go, but faded towards the end and finished sixth.

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CWN / Sport / Athletics / 24 Sep 00
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