Athletics

Great Britain salvaged by shock Richard Kilty success

Kilty shines in Poland (©GettyImages)
Kilty shines in Poland (©GettyImages).

Medal hopes Laura Muir and Robbie Grabarz both failed to make their respective finals while pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale could only manage ninth.

But 24-year-old Richard Kilty gave Great Britain their first gold with a personal best of 6.49s in the 60m sprint. His triumph was a huge surprise considering he was only included in the team due to an injury to James Dasaolu and had previously quit the sport for five months after not being picked for London 2012.

Also medalling on Saturday was fellow sprinter Tiffany Porter, who won bronze in the women's 60m hurdles, narrowly beaten by surprise winner Nia Ali and Olympic champion Sally Pearson.

Sunday saw Britain add to their first two medals beginning with an excellent silver for 21-year-old Katarina Johnson-Thompson. The heptathlete jumped 6.81m, just 4cm off eventual winner Eloyse Lesueur. The Liverpool born athlete can now look forward to applying her indoor form into a possible Commonwealth Games medal later this year.

The men’s 4x400m team claimed a credible silver behind a new World Indoor record of 3:02.13 by the USA. The women, however, defending World Indoor champions from two years ago were not able to retain their title, taking bronze behind USA and Jamaica.

Andrew Osagie matched his bronze medal from two years ago after a controversial disqualification for Poland’s Robert Lewandowski at the disappointment of the home crowd.

All in all it has been a positive weekend for Great Britain without the likes of Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and James Dasaolu. The team will now be looking to use the World indoors as a stepping stone to this summer’s Commonwealth games in Scotland.

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