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

Oxford United reduce season ticket prices for 2015/16 campaign

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 6th May 2015

OXFORD United have taken the bold step of reducing prices for season tickets across the board when they go on sale this morning.

MICHAEL DUBERRY COLUMN: Consistent John Terry gets my vote for player of the season

Oxford Mail:

3:00pm Wednesday 6th May 2015

CHELSEA won the Premier League on Sunday and just like the table suggests, they have been the best team since day one.

POLL: What do you think of Oxford United's season ticket prices?

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

11:39am Wednesday 6th May 2015

Oxford United dismiss option of moving away supporters

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

9:20am Wednesday 6th May 2015

AWAY supporters at the Kassam Stadium will not be moved next season after Oxford United considered a variety of alternatives.

SCHOOLS' FOOTBALL: Wheatley Park lift Oxfordshire Under 19 Schools' Cup

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 6th May 2015

Wheatley Park lifted the Oxfordshire Under 19 Schools’ Cup with a 2-0 win over Burford in the final at Oxford City.

CRICKET: George French stars as Minster Lovell stun reigning champions Cowley Internationals

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 6th May 2015

Minster Lovell gave defending champions Cowley Internationals a stern lesson by romping to a 133-run victory in their OCA Division 1 opener.

SCHOOLS' FOOTBALL: Late strike sinks Vale of White Horse

Oxford Mail: football generic

8:00am Wednesday 6th May 2015

Vale of White Horse Under 13s were sunk by a late goal in a 2-1 defeat to Southampton in the Meeson Trophy at Milton United.

SCHOOLS; FOOTBALL: Oxfordshire are on brink of Reed Trophy joy

Oxford Mail: football generic

8:00am Wednesday 6th May 2015

Oxfordshire Under 14s have one hand on the Reed Trophy in the South West Counties competition following a 1-0 win over Hampshire at Milton United.

SCHOOLS' FOOTBALL: Hot-shot Ryan Holmes seals double for Henry Box School

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 6th May 2015

Ryan Holmes’s superb free-kick enabled Henry Box (Witney) to celebrate a double as they added the Oxfordshire Under 14 Schools’ Cup to their West Oxfordshire League title.

SCHOOLS' FOOTBALL: Oxfordshire on trail of national cup glory at St Andrew's

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 6th May 2015

Oxfordshire bid to cap an outstanding season with victory over Durham in the ESFA Under 16 Inter County Trophy final at Birmingham City’s St Andrew’s ground on Friday (6.30).

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