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Britain's Sharp eliminated in opening 800 metres heat

Britain's Sharp eliminated in opening 800 metres heat
Athletics - World Athletics Championships - Doha 2019 - Women's 800 Metres Heats- Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - September 27, 2019 Great Britain's Lynsey Sharp reacts REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson -
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By Brian Homewood

DOHA (Reuters) – Britain’s Lynsey Sharp, one of the expected medal contenders in the women’s 800 metres at the world championships, was surprisingly eliminated in her opening heat on Friday after running out of gas down the final straight.

The 29-year-old was on the shoulder of French leader Renelle Lamote coming off the final bend but was overtaken by Rose Mary Almanza of Cuba and Rababe Arafi of Morocco to finish fourth.

Sharp’s time of two minutes 3.57 seconds was not fast enough to secure one of the fastest losers’ spots.

European champion in 2012, the Scot finished sixth at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

The event is missing triple world and double Olympic champion Caster Semenya, who has challenged the IAAF’s recently-introduced testosterone regulations.

The South African lost her appeal at the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) against the rules that mean middle distance female athletes with a high natural level of testosterone must take medication to reduce it.

(Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing byh Ken Ferris)

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