Great Britain quartets seal double 4x400m World Championship bronze

Great Britain quartets seal double 4x400m World Championship bronze

TWO brilliant bronze medals for the British and Northern Ireland athletics squad yesterday proved to be a fitting finale to a record-breaking World Championships.

Rob Maul

Great Britain GETTY

Great Britain's womens team included Christine Ohuruogu

Just 24 hours after the men's 4x100m produced yet another baton blunder, there were all smiles and hugs as the longer-distance relay runners secured deserved spots on the podium.

The 4x400m relay quartets, anchored by Seren Bundy-Davies and team captain Martyn Rooney, battled to third places in the final track events at the Beijing Bird's Nest stadium.

Boosted by the four gold medals achieved by the three London 2012 Super Saturday heroes, Mo Farah, Jess Ennis and Greg Rutherford, Britain finished fourth on the overall standings. Four golds (seven medals in total) represent a record haul, one more than the previous highs of Stuttgart in 1993 and Moscow two years ago.

"An unbelievable championship," said GB performance director Neil Black. "Some of the established stars reproduced gold medals again, and some young people in new events showed they can be really competitive."

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