European Indoor Championship: Eilidh Doyle fails to reach 400m final

Eilidh Doyle finished fourth in her semi-final heat
European Indoor Championships
Venue: Emirates Arena, Glasgow Dates: 1-3 March
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Eilidh Doyle has failed in her bid to reach the 400m final at the European Indoor Athletics Championship in Glasgow.

Doyle had qualified from the quarter final after finishing third in her heat to claim a fastest loser spot.

However, she was fourth in that evening's semi-final in a time of 53.28 with only the top two qualifying.

"I always have my heart set on making a final so I'm disappointed I didn't," Doyle told BBC Scotland.

Last year in Birmingham, she ran 51.6 to claim a bronze medal at world level.

She said: "I gave it my best shot out there. I'm not quite where I was last year at this time going into the world indoors, but hopefully come October I'll be where I need to be for the world champs."

Captaincy has 're-energised' Learmonth

Guy Learmonth says being captain of the British team has "re-energised" him, as he secured a comfortable passage through to Saturday's 800m semi-finals.

He was second in his heat, taking one of the two automatic qualifying spots.

"I'm delighted with it [the captaincy], it's a massive honour," said Learmonth, who is from the Scottish Borders. "I have to make sure I lead by example this weekend.

"It lifted me and lifted my whole house. I don't want to let anyone down or run badly. It's picked me up and made me feel really good.

"Tomorrow will be a different ball game and I'll be ready for it."

'My own fault'

Zoey Clark blamed herself for getting her tactics wrong after she failed to make the 400m semi-finals.

The Aberdonian finished fifth in her heat in a time of 53.85, having targeted a place in the final.

"I didn't execute," Clark said. "It's my own fault but I'm so disappointed."

Andrew Butchart, Chris O'Hare (both 3000m) and Neil Gourley (1500m) reached their finals.

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