Guy sixth in Men’s 800m final as Carys makes GB debut in 4x400m Relay

Sunday 5th March 2023

Results European Indoors

Guy Learmonth lined up in the European Indoors Men’s 800m final for the first time since 2015.

The Scot had to settle for sixth place in the end with 1:48.46 as the gold and silver medals came down to a photo finish before Spain’s Adrian Ben won the verdict (1:47.34).

Guy had survived a mid-race buffeting and actually did well not to fall over when bronze medallist, Belgian Eliott Crestan, made contact from behind.

But Guy wasn’t too disappointed with the outcome after an indoor PB this season and winning his fourth British Indoor title.

‘I felt that race went a lot better than the first two rounds,’ he said.

‘I need to see the incident back as someone tried to come on the inside and that really disrupted things.

‘But I can’t really complain where I was last year and what I went through. I’m pretty happy,  I really wanted a medal I wanted to win this but its championship racing isn’t it?

‘It’s a big step in the right direction from where I have been but we’ll build towards to outdoors now.’


Carys in action at the British Indoors (photo via Getty Images for British Athletics)

Carys McAulay had landed her first Senior GB and NI call-up after a fine run for bronze in the British Indoor Champs.

Injured while at the Commonwealth Games last summer, this time Carys was on the second leg for an inexperienced GB and NI team in the Women’s 4x400m in Istanbul.

And she came up with a strong run of 51.98 within a team performance which saw the British quartet finish in sixth place in 3:32.65 as Holland took gold.

‘I’m very surprised at that 51.98 split as it felt quite comfy,’ said Carys.

‘I just felt like I work best on the second lap and I tried to make sure I felt as comfortable as I can and do what I needed to do and I just enjoyed it! It went so quick!’


Tags: Carys McAulay, European Indoors, Guy Learmonth, Istanbul

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