Clarke surprise at Olympic success

Great Britain's Lawrence Clarke admitted to shock at the success of his London 2012 campaign after a surprise fourth finish in the men’s 110 metres hurdles final.


Clarke wasn’t expected to make the eight-man final but secured an impressive time of 13.39 seconds as USA’s Aries Merritt stormed to victory in his personal best time of 12.92 secs.

And the 22-year-old Brit insists he was happy just to have qualified for the semi-finals, as he rounded off a dream Olympic campaign just outside the medal positions.

“I can’t believe I came fourth in the Olympic Games, I didn’t even expect to make the final,” said London-born Clarke, who qualified for the final in one of the fastest losers spots with 13.31 secs.

“I went into the semi-final treating it as the final, I ran a personal best there and it was a dream come true.

“The last four years have been an amazing journey. If you said at the start of the year that I would come fourth in the Olympics I would definitely have taken that.

“To win a medal in the Olympic Games is very, very hard and I didn’t come here with that expectation.

“I’ve beaten the European silver medallist and I was the only European in that final. I just can’t believe it.”

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