Gillick suffers double blow
DAVID GILLICK endured crushing disappointment in the 400m final of the World Indoor Championships in Doha yesterday when he was disqualified from the race after originally finishing fifth.
The 26-year-old, placed in the difficult lane three, found it hard to get into position and a clash with American Bershawn Jackson with 200m remaining resulted in his disqualification.
Having worked himself into a decent position to attack the straight, Gillick tried to take Jackson on the inside, but the American held his ground and the Dubliner lost his stride at a crucial juncture. At this stage it was too late for him to make up the ground and gold went to Chris Brown of the Bahamas on a time of 45.96 seconds. Gillick ran the race in 46.62.
"I am bitterly, bitterly disappointed as I really wanted a medal," said Gillick afterwards. Gillick has maintained his priority for this season has been the outdoor races, but last month he emerged as a serious contender for a top spot at the indoors. He won gold at the Birmingham Grand Prix, running the second fastest 400m time in the world this year. The Dubliner ran 45.52 seconds, equalling his Irish record.
Waterford long jumper Kelly Proper was also in action yesterday but she failed to qualify for the final. Her leading morning jump of 6.29m was way off her personal best of 6.62m. "I came out here trying to get to the final. I know it was well within my capabilities to make it to the final but it just wasn't my day." said Proper.
It wasn't a great day for any of the competitors in the long jump. None of the athletes achieved the automatic qualification standard for the final. Places in the final went to the top eight qualifying jumps with Naide Gomes of Portugal recording the longest jump of 6.61m.
In the 4x400m relay the odds were stacked against the Irish team of Nick Hogan, Brian Gregan, Brian Murphy and Billy Ryan. They were up against USA, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Great Britain in their heat and never impacted on the race, finishing last.