WEST Linton’s Chris O’Hare admits failing to produce his best form on the biggest stage will live for him for some time after his dream first World Athletics Championships turned into a nightmare.
The 22-year-old had been one of the surprise success stories for Great Britain in Moscow, breezing his way into Sunday’s 1,500m at the Luzhniki Stadium when few would have expected him to. However, the showpiece was a completely different story as O’Hare came home last in 12th place, three races in four days clearly taking its toll. The Scot’s time of 3:46.04 minutes was almost ten seconds off the winner, Kenyan Asbel Kiprop, and also almost seven behind second from last Florian Carvalho from France. And O’Hare, 22, admitted that failing to show the world what he is really all about with live with him for some time. “It just wasn’t my day,” he said. “I came into it really quite confident, thinking that, if I run a good race, I could come away with something that would make me happy.
“All that is going through my head right now is that I have missed an opportunity to really perform and show the world what I have got and it is going to be another two years before I can prove myself again, hopefully.”
O’Hare’s fellow Scot Eilidh Child collected a medal on Saturday, however, taking bronze in the women’s 4x400m relay. Despite missing Perri Shakes-Drayton through injury, the quartet of Child, Shana Cox, Margaret Adeoye and Ohuruogu finished behind winners Russia and the United States.
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