Edgar left fuming as Usain Bolts to gold medal

NEWHAM AND Essex Beagle Tyrone Edgar was left fuming after a false start shattered his World Athletics Championships dream on Sunday, writes TOM OLDFIELD. The 27-year-old was disqualified from his 100m semi-final after triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt m

NEWHAM AND Essex Beagle Tyrone Edgar was left fuming after a false start shattered his World Athletics Championships dream on Sunday, writes TOM OLDFIELD.

The 27-year-old was disqualified from his 100m semi-final after triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt made the first false start, which meant any athlete guilty of another, would be red-carded.

The former world junior champion fell foul of that rule as he broke a millisecond early and was forced to watch from the sidelines as Bolt went on to comfortably win the semi-final - before shattering the world record in the final to take gold in 9.58 seconds.

But Edgar insisted he was wrongly disqualified and is confident he would have taken his place alongside fellow Brit Dwain Chambers in the final.


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"I don't think it was a false start - to me it looked pretty good," said Edgar. "I reckon I was ready to run and would have made the final.

"There's nothing I can do though. I'm disappointed - I've tried all year just to come here get disqualified, when I don't think I really deserved it.

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"I think I got a brilliant start. I was ready to roll and that's the bottom line."

Edgar - who was Britain's top-placed sprinter at the Olympic Games in Beijing, finishing seventh in his semi-final - arrived in Berlin full of confidence, despite a season's best of just 10.09 seconds.

And a frustrated Edgar was adamant he was in the form of his life and ready to challenge the world's top sprinters.

"I'm feeling great at the moment and everything was shaping-up really well," he said. "I feel I'm close to being up there with the best and I wanted to prove that in Berlin.

"You get judged on your performance in the major championships and I want to be up there with a lasting legacy like Linford Christie and Darren Campbell.

"It's important to me to be recognised in the future as a great runner and for that to happen, you need to perform at the events like the World Championships."

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