Meadows misses out on a medal

Great Britain's Jenny Meadows (second left) competes in the women's 800 metres

Great Britain's Jenny Meadows (second left) competes in the women's 800 metres

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DEFENDING champion Jenny Meadows was fourth in the women’s 800m.

Wiganer Meadows led from the start as she had done in an impressive semi-final win yesterday, but 18 months out through injury inevitably took their toll on the final lap as three athletes swept past down the back straight, with Ukraine’s Nataliya Lupu eventually taking gold ahead of Russia’s Yelena Kotulskaya, with Marina Arzamasova of Belarus in third.

She said: “It’s a difficult situation. I’ve only been running for 12 weeks. I never envisaged being back racing. I thought it was important to be racing again.

“I’m really disappointed with that because I felt really fresh.

“It is down to a lack of preparation, a lack of training. It was a massive tactical error.”