The Brier misses the European semi-final by a hundredth of a second

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Heat 1 in action during the ATHLETICS – MEN’S DECATHLON 110M HURDLES at Olympiastadion during the 2022 European Championships on August 16, 2022 in Munich, Germany. Photo: Thomas Niedermuller / Munich2022

Joe Brier admits the demands of a busy athletics summer have finally taken their toll after missing the European Championship semi-final by the narrowest of margins in Munich.

The Welsh star failed to progress as one of the three fastest losers by just 0.01s at the multi-sport event after clocking a respectable 46.06s in his 400 series Mr.

Brier, 23, finished behind Italian Davide Re, Swiss star Ricky Petrucciani, Serbian Bosko Kijanovic and Portugal’s Joao Coelho after an eventful month that also involved the World Championships in Oregon and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The former European indoor bronze medalist leaves Friday in the relay and wanted to draw the positive despite his near miss.

He said: “I thought I had executed it well – 46.06 isn’t slow and it’s a decent time, but unfortunately today I missed by 0.01 which is disappointing.

“I’m not here to make excuses, but it’s been a very long season trying to qualify for the Commonwealth Games, for Eugene and this championship.

“But I needed this race today to get my body back into the rhythm of the 400m individual, so I’m looking forward to being back here to run the relay on Friday.

“It’s been a pretty good season. I made my first two senior teams in the 400m individual and represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games.

“My coach and I will take a lot from this season and learn as we go.

“I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had, so I’m not going to be too upset with today’s result.”
Brier was eliminated in the individual 400m semi-final at the Commonwealth Games after finishing third in his heat in Birmingham.

But he couldn’t follow that progression in Germany as he finished fifth out of seven riders in the second run of his event.

Elsewhere at the Olympic Stadium in Munich on Monday night, fellow Welshman Jake Heyward qualified for the 1500m after crossing the finish line fifth in his heat.

The middle-distance star didn’t automatically qualify for the top four, but slipped into the fastest losers with a time of 3:39.30.

World 5000m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen won the race and Heyward, who finished 0.82 seconds behind the Norwegian, said: “Something was wrong as I should be able to qualify comfortably.

“But I’m done now, that’s all that matters, and it’s a clean slate.

“I have two days to recover and try to get back to full health.

“I’m going to rub myself and I’m sure it will be fine. At the end of the day, I directed it and still succeeded.
The European Multisport Championships Munich 2022, including athletics, beach volleyball, canoe sprint, cycling, gymnastics, table tennis, triathlon, rowing and sport climbing, will take place from 11 to August 21 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Olympic Games in the city of Germany. . Watch daily live coverage on BBC One, Two, Red Button, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website

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