Holmes breezes through to 1,500m semi

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Just 24 hours after winning the 800m gold medal, a relaxed looking Kelly Holmes ran a confident 1,500m to qualify easily for Thursday's semi-final.

But it was a bright spot on a disappointing night for the British athletics squad with 400m hurdler Chris Rawlinson stretchered off after his semi-final and sprinters Darren Campbell and Christian Malcolm only scraping through to Wednesday's semi-finals of the 200m.

Holmes pursued a similar strategy to the one that worked on Monday, choosing to stay at the back of the pack for the first 800m before gradually moving through the field, sitting on the shoulder of Morocco's Hasna Benhassi. Tenth at the bell, Holmes moved outside the main group to start driving for home with 300m to go. This time Benhassi shadowed her.

But when Holmes kicked down the home straight, she moved ahead of the field before easing off to finish second behind Russia's Natalya Yevdokimova in 4min 05.58sec. Team-mate Hayley Tullett qualified as a fastest loser but it was a race too far for Jo Pavey, who after finishing fifth in the 5,000m on Monday, trailed in 13th in her heat.

Rawlinson, who had an outside chance of winning a 400m hurdles medal, left the track with a heavily strapped left knee after crashing into the first hurdle. He never recovered, struggling to finish in last. He was taken to see the team medics who were assessing whether he would be able to compete in the 4x400m relay team. Injury and illness have also been a problem for Campbell (hamstring) and Malcolm (kidney infection).

Both had to rely on being among the fastest qualifiers after finishing fourth and fifth in their heats. It is difficult, to see either reaching a final that looks like being a reprise of the 100m with Shawn Crawford, Justin Gatlin and Asafa Powell all in contention.

But one British sprinter who will be appearing in a final is Abi Oyepitan who followed up her promising Olympic debut in the 100m by qualifying for the women's 200m. The 24-year-old finished second in her heat and goes into the final sixth fastest.

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