Commonwealth Games: England pays price for lack of finishing power

Hannah England looks dejected as Laura Weightman celebrates silver

Hannah England looks dejected as Laura Weightman celebrates silver

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HANNAH England admitted she did not have enough finishing speed after fading to seventh place in the 1500m final last night.

The 27-year-old Oxford athlete attacked with 200m to go at Hampden Park, but never really challenged for victory.

Instead, Kenya’s Faith Kibiegon won a tactical race in 4mins 8.94secs, with Laura Weightman (England) taking silver in 4.09.24.

“I think I ran pretty well,” said England, who clocked 4.11.10.

“I put myself in it with 200m to go, I just didn’t quite have the legs.

“I really went for it down the back straight and that cost me in the last 20 or 30, but I’m glad I gave it a go.

“I think I had to go then and I’m pleased I did.

“It was a slightly open championship and it was great for Laura to get a medal.

“I see myself as being as good as her, but unfortunately not today.”

Although the heats were fast races, England said she was prepared for a quick or tactical contest.

She said: “Sit and kick is a bit more my forte, so I was glad when it was slow at the start.

“Unfortunately, it suited everyone else a bit better.”

Asked whether she will now look to bounce back she when runs for Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the European Championships in Zurich, England replied: “Absolutely.

“I have got two weeks to the day until the Europeans, so I am excited to have another go.”

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