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

Dream bet on my old clubs failed to deliver

Oxford Mail:

4:00pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

MICHAEL DUBERRY COLUMN

WATCH: London Welsh v Gloucester rugby highlights

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Here are the official Aviva Premiership highlights from London Welsh v Gloucester at the Kassam Stadium. Welsh went down 46-10, despite trailing just 15-10 on the hour mark.

CRICKET: Paceman Brooks still harbours England ambition

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

JACK Brooks says he still dreams of an England cap after being drafted back into the Lions set-up.

RUGBY: Dark Blues make it three out of three

Oxford Mail: rugby generic

8:20am Wednesday 1st October 2014

OXFORD University made it three wins from three this season with a 38-0 victory over Henley Hawks last night.

FOOTBALL: Fairview hit back to draw

Oxford Mail: football generic

8:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Struggling Wheatley Youth and Fairview each picked up their first point of the season as they played out a 2-2 draw in the Oxford City FA.

FOOTBALL: Riverside duo see red after trading blows

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Riverside finished with nine men after two players were sent off for fighting among themselves during their 2-2 draw at Freeland in the Oxfordshire Senior League Premier Division.

SCHOOLS' FOOTBALL: Spruyt sets Vale up for high five

Oxford Mail: football generic

8:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Vale of White Horse opened their ESFA Under 15 PlayStation Inter Association Trophy campaign with a 5-1 win over Cannock & District in the first round.

RACING: Candy signs off Master for season

Oxford Mail: Music Master (second right) beats Red Rocker (left) to take the Alex Scott Maiden Stakes

8:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Music Master, Wantage trainer Henry Candy’s star sprinter, misses the Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp on Sunday and will not run again this season.

RACING: Trouble has Case eyeing more glory on big stage

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Success on the big stage has whet Ben Case’s appetite for more high-profile triumphs this season.

FOOTBALL: Banbury move off bottom after bizarre dismissal

Oxford Mail: football generic

7:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

BANBURY United moved off the bottom of the Premier Division table with an impressive 2-0 victory over Cambridge City last night.

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