Relay finals prove eventful for University of Bath-based duo at 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha

06 October 2019

Emily Diamond narrowly missed out on another major relay medal on a dramatic final evening of the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha.

Diamond, who does some of her training at the University of Bath, and team-mates Zoey Clark, Jodie Williams and Laviai Nielsen finished fourth in the women’s 4x400m relay final in a season’s best time of 3:23.02.

A disqualification to the Jamaican team later saw GB & NI upgraded to bronze but minutes later a successful appeal saw the British squad restored to their original position.

Diamond, who had previously won relay silver at the London 2017 World Championships and bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, had also run a season’s best of 51.62 as she reached the semi-finals of the individual 400m.

Former Sports Performance student Cameron Chalmers, who is coached by James Hillier at the University’s Sports Training Village, got to compete in his first World Championships final as he led off the men’s 4x400m relay squad.

He produced a solid run but there was disappointment for the British quartet as an unsuccessful baton change between Toby Harries and Rabah Yousif meant they failed to finish the race.

The heptathlon competition, won by Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thomson, saw University of Bath alumna Chari Hawkins finish an impressive 12th overall while representing the United States.

Hawkins was coached by Head of Athletics Colin Bovell at the University and supported by a Santander Sports Scholarship when she studied a Masters in International Education & Globalisation from 2017-18.

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