Despair, disqualification, delight – plenty of drama as Welwyn Garden City’s Hannah Williams wins bronze

PUBLISHED: 08:04 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 08:09 06 March 2018

(From left to right) Great Britain's Zoey Clark, Amy Allcock, Hannah Williams and Meghan Beesley celebrate winning bronze in the final of the Women's 4x400 metre relay after a successful appeal during day four of the 2018 IAAF Indoor World Championships at The Arena Birmingham. Picture: MARTIN RICKETT/PA

(From left to right) Great Britain's Zoey Clark, Amy Allcock, Hannah Williams and Meghan Beesley celebrate winning bronze in the final of the Women's 4x400 metre relay after a successful appeal during day four of the 2018 IAAF Indoor World Championships at The Arena Birmingham. Picture: MARTIN RICKETT/PA

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Hannah Williams had to wait until almost two hours after the final of the 4x400m relay before finding out she had won bronze at the World Indoor Athletics Championship.

Great Britain's (left-right) Meghan Beesley, Hannah Williams, Amy Alcock and Zoey Clark pose with their bonze medals from the Women's 4x400m relay during day four of the 2018 IAAF Indoor World Championships at The Arena Birmingham. Picture: SIMON COOPER/PAGreat Britain's (left-right) Meghan Beesley, Hannah Williams, Amy Alcock and Zoey Clark pose with their bonze medals from the Women's 4x400m relay during day four of the 2018 IAAF Indoor World Championships at The Arena Birmingham. Picture: SIMON COOPER/PA

The young WGC athlete was running for Great Britain along with Amy Allcock, Meghan Beesley and Zoey Clark on the last day of the event in Birmingham.

And it seemed like they had missed out on a medal when they came in fourth behind the USA, Jamaica and Poland.

However, disappointment soon turned into joy as news came through that the Jamaicans had been disqualified for one of their waiting athletes at the change-over standing in the wrong position.

That boosted the British quartet into third, but then came the news that GB had themselves been disqualified for ‘bumping and barging’ and it was only after an appeal was upheld deep into Sunday evening that the foursome could celebrate.

(From left to right) Great Britain's Amy Allcock, Hannah Williams, Meghan Beesley and Zoey Clark at the end of the Women's 4x400 metre relay during day four of the 2018 IAAF Indoor World Championships at The Arena Birmingham. Picture: MARTIN RICKETT/PA(From left to right) Great Britain's Amy Allcock, Hannah Williams, Meghan Beesley and Zoey Clark at the end of the Women's 4x400 metre relay during day four of the 2018 IAAF Indoor World Championships at The Arena Birmingham. Picture: MARTIN RICKETT/PA

The championships have been noted for the sheer number of disqualifications, 21 in total by the end of the week.

Most of these were for lane infringements, athletes running outside of their allocated lane.

Speaking on BBC Two, the eight-time world champion Michael Johnson called it “absurd”. He said: “I believe the IAAF will have to do something about this. The problem will continue with lane infringements. This was on an absurd level.

“If you step on the line one time, you don’t get much advantage. When it amounts to this number of disqualifications and confusion, I think fans get to a point where they zone out, thinking they don’t know who won. That’s no fun for the fans.”

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