Saturday 21 October 2017

Brian Gregan bows out world championships but edges out former Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt

Brian Gregan of Ireland, left, and LaShawn Merritt of the USA cross the line during his semi-final of the Men's 400m event during day three of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the London Stadium in London, England. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Brian Gregan of Ireland, left, and LaShawn Merritt of the USA cross the line during his semi-final of the Men's 400m event during day three of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the London Stadium in London, England. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Cathal Dennehy

Brian Gregan bowed out of the World Championships in London tonight after finishing sixth in his 400m semi-final in 45.42, a race won by Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk in 44.22.

The 27-year-old Dubliner was off the pace from the outset, but came through strongly in the final 100m to edge past former Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt close to the line.

“It was tough,” said Gregan. “I had the best guys in the world around me. It was like an Olympic final but I ran as much of my own race as I could. I finished 19th in the world, so I’m fairly satisfied.”

After a breakthrough season, Gregan was upbeat afterwards as he looked ahead to 2018. “I’m finishing ahead of lots of the top European guys and that will set me up for European Championships next year,” he said. “I’m good enough to go sub-45 and this experience will stand me in good stead.”

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