European Indoor Championships: Guy Learmonth hits out at 'trolls' after fall

Guy Learmonth shows his frustration after falling during a European Indoor Championships 800m semi-final
Guy Learmonth fell during an 800m semi-final at the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow
European Indoor Championships
Venue: Emirates Arena, Glasgow Dates: 1-3 March
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Great Britain captain Guy Learmonth has hit out at "trolls" calling him "the Elise Christie of the athletics world" after falling during his European Indoor Championships 800m semi-final.

The Scot, 26, failed to finish the race following his trip, having also fallen and broken his hand running in the Birmingham Grand Prix event last month.

Speed-skater Christie fell twice during Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics races.

"I hope one day I can be half as great as Elise," Learmonth tweeted.

"Remember she's a multiple world and European champion."

Learmonth fell and impeded Mark English in Glasgow, although the Irishman was later given a spot in the final.

"I don't really know what happened," he told BBC Scotland on Saturday. "There was a big gap on the inside and I thought I'd take it and I think Mark has come across and just given me a nudge. I managed to get through but I think I went over on my own two feet just with getting knocked off balance.

"I just can't believe that's happened twice in two weeks. It's devastating. I don't really know what else to say. It's been a tough indoor season for me, obviously.

"Tomorrow I'll wake up and it's a new day. I'm not going to be a drip or anything around the team, I'm going to support them. It's an incredible nation and a very strong team."

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