Athletics: Mukhtar storms through for third

Mukhtar Mohammed with his bronze medal. Pic: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
Mukhtar Mohammed with his bronze medal. Pic: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
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MUKHTAR Mohammed produced a superb performance to win a bronze medal in the 800 metres at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg at the weekend.

It was a demanding few days for the Sheffield Running Club athlete with the heat, semi-final and final to contend with in the space of 72 hours.

Mohammed looked far from comfortable in the first round but won through to the semi-final where he ran a perfect race to qualify for yesterday’s final.

It was a strong British trio but Michael Rimmer and Joe Thomas failed to reach the final.

The final started fast before settling down to a strong but not spectacular pace with Mohammed looking comfortable in fourth place at the halfway mark reached in 56.4 seconds.

In the second half the Sheffield man had to check his stride two or three times as he found his path blocked.

However, he stuck to his task well and finished superbly to pip Ananenka (Bulgaria) for the bronze.

Given a clear run, Mohammed might well have challenged Adam Kszcot (Poland) who retained his title, and silver medallist Kevin Lopez (Spain). Mohammed’s time was 1:49.40.

On Sheffield Wednesday’s books as a youngster, Mohammed won bronze at the European under 23 championships in 2011 and looks to have made the right choice to concentrate on track and field rather than football.

Ben Beattie (Hallamshire) was third in the Norton 9 mile road race at Askern yesterday. Punlani Bangani (Salford) won in 48:50 with Beattie clocking 49:41.

Former Rotherham athlete Julie Briscoe (Wakefield) was first woman in 52:24 ahead of Clare Thompson (Sheffield RC) and Claire Spencer (Kimberworth Striders).