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