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Enfield & Haringey Athletic Club's Margaret Adeoye reflects on World Championships replay bronze
2:49pm Monday 19th August 2013 in Sport
Margaret Adeoye had to stop herself from doing backflips on the podium such was her delight at helping the British women’s 4x400m relay team to bronze at the World Athletics Championships.
Eilidh Child produced a fine lead-off leg before passing to Shana Cox and when Enfield & Haringey sprinter Adeoye came in for the third leg the British squad sat fourth with France just ahead of them in bronze-medal position.
However the 28-year-old, who reached the 200m semi-finals at the London 2012 Olympics last summer but claimed 400m bronze at the British Championships this year, turned fourth into third with a storming run.
She handed over to newly-crowned world champion over 400m Christine Ohuruogu for the anchor leg with bronze never in doubt as the squad finished in a season’s best time of 3.22.61.
Russian took gold, much to the vociferous home crowd’s delight in Moscow, ahead of the USA and Adeoye could hardly contain herself after collecting her first ever global outdoor medal in Moscow.
“I’m just so excited to have got a bronze medal. When I was standing on the podium I was over the moon and doing backflips,” she said. “It felt really good and it was an exciting race.
“We knew it was going to be a tough one with the Russians at home and the Americans who we always have great competitions with.
“We made a pact to ourselves that we were going to go into it together and come home together and we were going to try our best.”
For Ohuruogu, it was her second medal of the World Championships after storming to gold in the individual 400m, breaking Kathy Cook’s 29-year-old British record in the process.
And the Olympic gold and silver medallist admitted it was an honour to celebrate another success with Adeoye, Cox and Child, delighted to have produced her best for her teammates.
“I’m really happy,” she said. “I really am proud of the team; they all turn up, show up and do exactly what’s asked of them, they’re phenomenal athletes.
“Eilidh with what she’s run, Margaret who stepped in last minute to cover for Perri Shakes-Drayton and Shana who always runs a good leg.
“I’ve got a bronze and a gold for me which is great but to be honest after the relay I’m more happy for my teammates in getting a bronze.”
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