Last year’s world outdoor bronze medallist still set a new British record of 1.58.43 and said: “I think silver is fantastic. When I saw the time I told myself that at least it was a personal best. With 100m to go I was thinking ‘I am going to win it’.
“But this event is very different and the medal is special to me.”
The 4x400m men’s team also claimed a surprise relay bronze, leaving Britain with four medals for their efforts in Doha following golds for pentathlete Jessica Ennis and sprinter Dwain Chambers.