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Harry Aikines-Aryeetey

Aikines-Aryeetey fourth in European Championships

29 June 2012

Loughborough University 2012 Sports Scholar Harry Aikines-Aryeetey missed out on an Olympic qualifying ‘A’ standard when he finished fourth in the European Championship 100 metres final in Helsinki.

The 23-year-old Loughborough College student finished in a time of 10.31 secs in a race won by France’s Christophe Lemaitre (10.09).

He told the BBC: "I am massively upset. This year has just been terrible to me after last year being so good.

"At the start of the year nothing went right for me. As much as I wanted it, as much as I tried to do everything I could, nothing went my way.

"Even going to the Olympic Stadium for the test event, I tore a muscle walking - how unlucky can you get? I had to walk from the station to the warm-up, from the warm-up to the track and it's quite a long distance.

"Every day since winning the World Youths, I've been dreaming about being there [London 2012]."

Only five of the eight runners finished the race as Lemaitre pipped compatriot Jimmy Vicaut (10.12) with Norwegian Jaysuma Saidy Ndure third in 10.17.

Loughborough graduate Lee McConnell clinched her place in the women's 400m final, finishing third in her semi-final.

The 33-year-old Scot, who won European bronze in 2002, recorded a season's best time of 51.98 seconds, 0.63 behind winner Kseniya Zadorina of Russia.

Loughborough based Richard Buck qualified for the men's 400m final after finishing second in his semi-final with a time of 46.13. 

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