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Tearful Sharp is through to 800m final after winning appeal

 

By Nick Mashiter

Lynsey Sharp will run in the 800m final at the World Championships at the London Stadium after British Athletics won an appeal against her disqualification.

In last night's other showpiece action, Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands successfully defended her 200m title in a time of 22.05secs, while American Emma Coburn won the 3,000m steeplechase in 9:02.580.

Meanwhile 27-year-old Sharp was kicked out after pushing Charlene Lipsey when their arms interlocked on the line in last night's semi-final to initially deny the Scot the chance of racing in tomorrow's final.

But British Athletics' appeal was upheld and Sharp, who was taken away in tears, will run in the final as a fastest loser.

Her time of one minute 59.47 seconds was fast enough but Sharp faced an anxious wait after being in breach of rule 163.2.

"As far as I'm concerned, I can't remember anything different to any other race I've been in," she said before the appeal result.

"There have definitely been times I've been affected more than I affected anyone in that race. I'll have to go back and look at it.

"I've been in a lot of scrappy races this year and would put my hands up and say I did something, but I honestly can't remember anything.

"I got kicked in the heats - it's part of middle distance running. I was so desperate to get there, I was ready to hit the floor, I didn't intentionally run into her."

Chris O'Hare reached tomorrow's 1500m final after coming fourth in his semi-final but Jake Wightman missed out.

GB's Lorraine Ugen was fifth in the long jump.

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