Bitter disappointment for Greene and Bleasdale

BRITISH 400m hurdler Dai Greene admitted his “bitter disappointment” last night after his anticipated gold medal challenge failed to materialise on an underwhelming evening for home track and field stars.

World champion Greene failed to even make the podium as Dominican Felix Sanchez won from American Michael Tinsley and Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson.

It came as pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale, another British medal hope, made just one successful attempt and finished joint sixth, while women’s 400m hurdles hopeful Perri Shakes-Drayton crashed out in the semi-finals.

Greene said: “It was bitterly disappointing, but I couldn’t have given anything more.”

East Londoner Shakes-Drayton finished third in her semi-final and was fleetingly placed in the final, but Czech Denisa Rosolova’s successful appeal against disqualification scuppered her bid.