2017 IAAF World Championships

‘He hit my head’: China blame British sprinter for costing them medal in 4x100 metres relay

Chinese sprinter Su Bingtian claims he was struck by Adam Gemili after the baton exchange in the third leg of the world championships final in London

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 August, 2017, 12:23pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 August, 2017, 9:20pm

China complained they were cost a medal in the men’s 4x100 metres relay at the world championships in London after a British sprinter accidentally hit Su Bingtian’s head during the race.

The mainlanders finished in a disappointing fourth at the Olympic Stadium, with Asian rivals Japan capturing bronze while Britain were first and the United States runners-up.

But Su, the only Chinese sprinter to finish the 100 metres in under 10 seconds, claimed he was hit by a nearby British competitor after the baton exchange in the third leg.

Replays showed Adam Gemili, running the second leg for the winners, struck Su when he gesticulated with his right arm to cheer for Daniel Talbot after passing the baton to his teammate.

“The British runner was cheering for his teammate and hit my head,” said Su. “I was shocked and had to change my position from inside of the lane to outside which had affected my speed as it was difficult to pick it up.”

Fellow Chinese sprinter Zhang Peimeng, who was running the final leg and his last international event, said the incident cost them dearly.

“We lost at least 0.2 seconds because of the incident,” he said. “I was treasuring this race very much and looking for a perfect finish as it was the last time we ran together as a relay team.

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“We do not always see this kind of incident but unfortunately it happened to us this time. The fourth place is difficult to swallow as we were very close to getting a medal.”

Japan finished in season’s best of 38.04 seconds to win the bronze medal, while China came home in 38.34.

Hong Kong’s sole representative in the worlds, Jessica Ching Siu-nga will be starring on the final day when she starts in the women’s 20 kilometre walk on Sunday evening.