Great Britain athletes added a men’s 4x400m bronze to the team’s medal tally on the final day of the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, with the squad finishing fifth overall in a medals table topped by Kenya.
With three gold, one silver and three bronze medals, it’s Britain’s best performance at this event in 20 years.
In the final event of the programme, Alex Haydock-Wilson, Joe Brier, Alastair Chalmers and Alex Knibbs combined to clock 3:05.64 for third place in a drama-filled race won by Italy’s Klaudio Gjetja, Andrea Romani, Alessandro Sibilio and Edoardo Scotti in a world under-20 leading time of 3:04.05.
“I knew it was going to be hard because you’re running against some phenomenal athletes,” said Chalmers, who also broke the British under-20 400m hurdles record and finished sixth in that final in Finland. “I wanted to make all the coaches and my team-mates proud and we’ve come out with a world championship bronze medal.”
A dropped baton between the first and second legs cost USA the gold but they battled back to secure silver in 3:05.26, with France fourth and Germany fifth. USA had won all but two of the titles on offer in this event during the past 16 editions of the championships.