Saturday, 16 December 2017

Local hurdler set for Olympics semi-final

HURDLER Lawrence Clarke qualified for the semi-finals of the 110 metre hurdles in Rio last night.

HURDLER Lawrence Clarke qualified for the semi-finals of the 110 metre hurdles in Rio last night.

The 26-year-old athlete, from Christmas Common, finished third in his heat in 13.55 seconds following a 15-minute delay due to torrential rain.

Clarke, who finished fourth at London 2012, says he has given himself a real chance of a medal.

He said: “To be honest, I was pretty nervous on the start line. I have worked four years for this.

"I got a remarkably good start and realised I was in the right place and decided not to take any risks and run a very smooth race and to secure my place in the semi-final, which on paper I wasn’t supposed to make.

"I feel very comfortable. I reckon if I run my best I am in with a shout."

Clarke is a nephew of Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg and a distant relation of American president Theodore Roosevelt.

He took up hurdling while in his final year at Eton College. He is now based in Paris.

The semi-finals will take place at 12.40am tomorrow with the final at 2.45am.



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