World Athletics Championships: Great Britain clinches bronze in men’s 4x100m relay amid Dina Asher-Smith injury

The 28-year-old captained the third-place men’s 4x100m relay team at the World Championships in Athletics on Sunday.

Jona Efoloko, Zharnel Hughes, Mitchell-Blake and Reece Prescod finished behind Canada and the United States in 37.83 seconds in Eugene.

A new team helped banish some of the pain from last year’s Olympics when Hughes, Mitchell-Blake, Richard Kilty and CJ Ujah won silver, only to have their medals stripped following doping test Ujah positive.

Mitchell-Blake said: “It’s fuel for the future. We can’t control the past, we can control the present and ultimately that dictates the future and that’s what we have to focus on.

“There are no demons, we are all blessed. We get a medal every year, it becomes normalized and underestimated.

“I feel like the relay medals are glossed over because of our consistency in the men’s and women’s teams. When the medal tables come out, there are always relay medals and we step up every year.

“We’ve all stepped up and we’ve shown our quality consistently over the years now. Everyone has shown they’re capable of stepping in.

“At the end of the day, the goal is to come out of the next world championships with a gold medal and go to Paris. It’s a stepping stone, we’re going to improve and we have to raise our game in the future. .

“We’re going to enjoy this moment together, appreciate the fact that we got a medal and refocus after that on the rest of the season.”

Prescod rode only his second senior stint, following his heats debut, with Efoloko also drafted into the team for the first time.

“I was asked to do a job for the team. It was my first stint and I wanted to deliver for the team. I’m glad they trusted me and I was happy to do some It’s a whole new cycle now,” Prescod said.

It came after the women finished sixth following an injury to Dina Asher-Smith at Hayward Field. The 26-year-old suffered from what appeared to be a hamstring problem heading into the final switch with Daryll Neita.

Heartbreak: Dina Asher-Smith appears to be suffering from a hamstring injury

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Earlier, Jess Judd and Eilish McColgan finished 13th and 11th respectively in the 5,000m final, won by Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay.

The women’s 4x400m relay team of Ama Pipi, Laviai Nielsen, Victoria Ohuruogu and Nicole Yeargin reached Sunday’s final finishing second to the United States in three minutes 23.92 seconds.

“We have such strength in the UK. I think we have eight girls under 52 seconds so we have come and represent our strongest team. I’m really proud to be part of this team,” said Nielsen.

Earlier, Lorraine Ugen and Jazmin Sawyers reached the long jump final.

The British duo both posted 6.68m to finish in the top 12 in qualifying, although they did not reach the automatic mark of 6.75m.

Sawyers, who finished eighth at the Tokyo Olympics last year, recorded a season best with Ugen finishing fifth in Group A on Saturday morning in Eugene.

They will now play the final on Sunday, the last day of competition in America.

Sawyers said: “I’m happy – the work in qualifying is to get to the final. There are definitely technical things I can do better, but this is my first world final on my third try so I’m really happy. .

Cindy Sember qualified for Sunday’s 100m hurdles semi-final after running 12.67 seconds in her heat.

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