Josh Kerr had to wait nervously in the 1500m heats after his automatic qualification was stolen away from him on the Tokyo finish line. On Tuesday, the Briton competed in the first heat alongside defending world champion Timothy Cheruiyot on a slick track in a rainy Japan.
Kerr, who trains in the United States, appeared to be holding his own alongside Cheruiyot and led the pack. However, he ran out of steam in the final 50 meters and was pipped to the finish line, with just the top six athletes qualifying.
When a fastest loser, he can still qualify for the semi-finals, but he’ll be holding his breath as the following two heats go place today.
‘It was a bad day all around.’ I got caught up in the middle of things and made a big move with 500 seconds to go that wasn’t the best decision,’ he told the BBC. ‘It’s going to be a terrible wait for the next 10, 15 minutes, and hopefully I’ll make it, but it wasn’t good enough.’
Source: Daily Mail