Doyle misses out on Olympic medal

Eilidh Doyle is through to the Olympic final
Eilidh Doyle is through to the Olympic final

Eilidh Doyle has finished eighth in the final of the Olympic 400 metres hurdles in Rio.

The 29-year-old former Cumbernauld resident clocked 54.62 seconds, her fastest time in her three outings in Brazil.

But it wasn’t enough to get her among the medals as Dalilah Muhammad of the United States, most impressive of the qualifiers, lived up to her favourite tag by storming to victory in 53.13 seconds.

Denmark’s Sara Slott Petersen took silver with American Ashley Spencer winning bronze.

European champion Doyle, who missed out on the final in London four years ago, was philosophical about her run despite coming in last of the eight runners in a high-quality field.

She said: “I honestly don’t know. My hurdling’s all good and I look back on the race and think ‘what did I actually do wrong, I don’t know what I did wrong’ because normally I can say something at that hurdle or that hurdle but there is no hurdle that I felt I hit wrong. I just wasn’t in the race and I don’t know why.

“I don’t know why. It’s a really strange one. I said that if I could leave the track having given it everything I’d be really happy and I did but I’m not happy. I thought if I ran that way I’d be further up the field or run a PB.

“The bends are very tight. I feel that I’m a pretty good hurdler and I hurdle with my left leg which does help because you run that risk of trailing your leg. I feel like lane one might have had something to do with it but I don’t want to use it as an excuse or anything.

“I was just tunnel vision. I was running my own race. I had no idea who or what was there until I’d done with the last hurdle and at that point the race was over.”