Unlucky Thomas loses out at National Championships

Charlene Thomas missed out on qualifying for this year's World Championships after a fall in the 1500m final.
Charlene Thomas missed out on qualifying for this year's World Championships after a fall in the 1500m final.

Wakefield Harriers 1500m runner Charlene Thomas missed out on national glory in the cruellest of circumstances as she fell in the final at last weekend’s British Championships in Birmingham.

Thomas, who was leading the race with just 500m to go, was sent crashing to the ground after a stumble with Laura Weightman, and went on to finish tenth in a time of 4 mins 22.47 secs.

She had earlier won her heat in a time of 4 mins 15.37 secs and was looking good for a place in the World Championships before her fall.

The event was eventually won by Hannah England, who will now go on to represent Great Britain at the Worlds in Moscow later this year.

Thomas has struggled with injuries this year but looked to have returned to her best in Birmingham before disaster struck.

Three of Thomas’s Harriers clubmates also took part in the national trials, but were unable to progress beyond their heats as they came up against a tough field.

Mikaela Harrison finished fifth in her 400m heat in a time of 56.11 secs, missing out on the chance to race in the final against former Olympic gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu in the final, who went on to win the event.

Sally Smith struggled in her 800m heat, finishing bottom of the pack after running a time of 2 mins 14.20 secs.

Grace Eyles also missed out on a place in the final of the 200m as she finished bottom of a tough heat.

Eyles ran 27.45 secs at the event which was eventually won by Anyika Onuora in the final with a time of 22.71 secs.