World Athletics Championships: Michael Rimmer, Andrew Osagie off to good start in 800 metres

Last Updated: 10/08/13 11:20am

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Michael Rimmer: Battling qualifying effort from British 800m runner

Michael Rimmer: Battling qualifying effort from British 800m runner

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Andrew Osagie and Michael Rimmer helped Great Britain overcome a poor start to the World Athletics Championships in Moscow with solid runs in the 800 metres heats.

Both finished third in their races to move into the semi-finals and at least put smiles on any British faces in the sparse crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Earlier in the morning session, decathlete Ashley Bryant was forced to pull out with a hamstring injury before even getting his event started, and pole vaulter Steve Lewis crashed out after failing to clear a height in qualifying.

Osagie, who was a finalist at London 2012, had plenty to spare in his heat, easing home in third in 1:46.16.

Rimmer was in a far stronger race and had to pull out a lot more to progress, doing so in a fine time of 1:45.47 after coming from some way off the pace, afterwards describing the heat as 'brutal'.

"I got into a naughty position and I could hear my coach screaming in my ear. I just had to stay calm and I just had to wait for the gap. When it came and I saw it I just went for it," he said.

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