ATHLETICS: Clarke almost in tears as injury forces him out of final

Lawrence Clarke looks at the big screen after his semi-final

Lawrence Clarke looks at the big screen after his semi-final

First published in Sport

Lawrence Clarke admitted he was “almost in tears” after having to pull out of last night’s European Championships 110 metres hurdles final through injury, writes Stuart Weir.

The Oxfordshire athlete, who had earlier finished third in his heat to qualify for the final in a time of 13.47secs, tweaked his hamstring in the warm-up and had to withdraw.

“In the warm-up for the final, I strained my hamstring between hurdles,” Clarke explained.

“It is not a tear or anything serious, the doctors are pretty confident that it is a two-or-three-day thing. But if I had run with it, there was the chance it would go bang.

“These things happen. When the doctor said that I had to make up my mind I was pretty much in tears, because it had been my dream to come here as I had never made a European final before.

“I had to sit there, three metres from my lane with my lane empty while one of the scrappiest finals in European history went ahead.

“I am over it now because at the end of the day, I am OK but this has taken away one of the biggest moments of my life.”

The final was won by Russian Sergey Shubenkov in 13.18 with Britain's Will Sharman second.

Oxford's Hannah England competes in the women’s 1500m final at 6.25pm tonight.

Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Latest Sport news

FOOTBALL: Oxford United boss Appleton confident his team will be fighting fit

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

Michael Appleton is confident a sickness bug which has affected the Oxford United squad will not have an impact on selection against Carlisle United today.

FOOTBALL: Oxford United women looking to finish season on a high

Oxford Mail: U's skipper Sahara Osborne-Ricketts

8:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

Captain Sahara Osborne-Ricketts is looking to end their league season on a high as Oxford United host Aston Villa tomorrow (2pm) at Abingdon United’s Northcourt Road, writes Matthew Bruce.

SWIMMING: Murphy close to beating brother's national record

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

BRITSH GAS NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

MOTORSPORT: Powell targets Snetterton victory

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

F3 CUP

MOTORSPORT: Messenger bags a brace

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

ALFA ROMEO CHAMPIONSHIP

ICE HOCKEY: Struggling Stars get double tonic

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

ENGLISH NATIONAL LEAGUE

MOTORSPORT: Polden third in finale at Brands Hatch

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

MOTUL MOTOSTAR BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP

MOTORCYCLING: Bradley Smith off the pace, but remains upbeat for Malaysian MotoGP

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

Bradley Smith could not transfer his Australia podium form into practice at Sepang, where he finished day one in 12th.

SNOOKER: Big break is decisive for leaders

Oxford Mail: cue and cue ball for images of snooker and billards for sport

6:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

PAUL Chester was the star as leaders Abingdon Conser-vative Club A came from behind to defeat visitors Witney D 4-2 in Premier & Division 1 of the Gentworks Oxford & District League.

BILLIARDS: Ashton can't keep up with deadly Jones

Oxford Mail: cue and cue ball for images of snooker and billards for sport

6:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

THAME A came from 2-1 down to beat hosts Ashton 4-2 in the first round of the Gentworks Oxford & District League’s Atox Cup.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree