Athletics: Thames Valley Harriers runner Zoey Clark relieved after collecting women’s 4x400m relay bronze at IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships

PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 March 2018

Great Britain's Zoey Clark (right) and Eilidh Doyle (second left) during the women's 400m final at the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships at The Arena Birmingham (pic Simon Cooper/PA)

Great Britain's Zoey Clark (right) and Eilidh Doyle (second left) during the women's 400m final at the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships at The Arena Birmingham (pic Simon Cooper/PA)

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Clark part of GB relay team that finished fourth, then promoted to third, then disqualified, before being reinstated

It was a rollercoaster of an IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships ride for Thames Valley Harriers’ Zoey Clark.

The 23-year-old and her Great Britain women’s 4x400m colleagues all eventually secured bronze medals after a failed appeal from Jamaica.

The British quartet initially crossed the finish line in fourth in an incident-filled final in Birmingham, which was won by USA.

The host nation, though, were advanced to third after the Jamaican team were disqualified for a lane infringement.

There was more controversy when Great Britain were briefly disqualified, also for a lane infringement, before being reinstated back to bronze-medal status, with Poland taking the silver.

Overall it was a huge sigh of relief for 23-year-old Scottish-born Clark.

“We ran our best. We’re a new team and we’ve got some inexperience but we all ran out best and I’m proud of what we ran,” said the Thames Valley Harriers athlete of her bronze medal.


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