Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow AC sprinter Nigel Levine vows to bounce back

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Nigel Levine is vowing to bounce back from his Russian heartache a better athlete after he failed to pick up some silverware at the last week’s World Championships.

The 24-year-old Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow AC athlete kickstarted his Moscow adventure by going it solo in the 400m, but he couldn’t force his way into the showpiece after he finished his semi-final sixth in 45.60 seconds.

However it looked like Levine could get his hands on a medal still after he was brought into Great Britain’s 4x400m relay squad for Friday’s final.

Levine took the place of Jamie Bowie after the Scot, Conrad Williams, Martyn Rooney and Michael Bingham had finished second in their heat in a season’s best time of 3mins 00.50secs.

However, Levine’s input couldn’t bring about a repeat performance as the quartet finished agonisingly short of the podium in fourth in 3.00.88.

And after failing to get his hands on a medal twice in Russia, Levine is adamant he will learn from the experience of another World Championships having only travelled to Daegu two years ago in the relay squad.

“My 400m was alright, I can’t complain with finishing sixth at a World Championships I suppose,” he said.

“But it was a very poor performance from me in the semi-final, I do wish and believe that I can do a lot better. I’ll have to go back, work harder and come back and compete with these guys.

“Two years ago I hadn’t made the team as an individual so it shows that I’m progressing. Unfortunately I didn’t make the final but it’s my first time individually so I have to take it as it comes and learn from it.”

While Levine and co were left just short of the podium in the 4x400m final, they could only watch as USA claim gold in a world leading time of 2.58.71.

Jamaica claimed silver while Russia pleased the home crowd in taking bronze, but despite the lack of silverware Levine insisted he was proud of his team’s effort.

“I am really proud of the guys and we are a success together and a failure together and that is the thing about relays and us 4×400 guys,” he added.

“We really are a team and we try to pull each other along and I am really proud of them.”


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