ATHLETICS: England is gutted by sixth-place finish

Hannah England on her way to sixth in Zurich last night

Hannah England on her way to sixth in Zurich last night

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Hannah England could not hide her disappointment after she finished sixth in the final of the 1500 metres in Zurich last night.

The Oxford City athlete crossed the line in 4mins 07.80secs. The title was won by Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands (4.04.18), with Abeba Aregawa (Sweden) second and Britain’s Laura Weightman in third.

“It was a fun race, a good race and I thought all the competition ran well,” said England.

“I was pleased with how I ran, but a bit gutted (with the result), but my fitness isn’t what it has been other years – so not as fun as normal I guess.”

Hassan made a break at the bell and with only Aregawa going with her they opened up a gap. England made her move with 3200 metres to go and was gaining on the field, but had to settle for sixth.

She added: “My plan was to stay in contact, but Hassan made a strong move earlier than expected.

“But even coming round the last bend two or three of us were gaining on Laura, so I thought maybe I had got it right, but Laura had saved it for the home straight – so well done her.”

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