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Athletics: Amy's bid fails to get off the ground.

Byline: By James Seabourne in Beijing

BIRCHFIELD Harrier Amy Harris missed out on a place in tomorrow's long jump final by just 14cm at the World Junior Championships in Beijing.

The Birmingham teenager was left in tears on the trackside after producing a below-par showing in pool B of the long jump qualification.

After opening up with an initial leap of 6.00m, Harris could only improve her distance by just 2 cm in the third round to leave her contemplating an early exit.

"I'm going to need time for this to set in," said Harris. "I'm absolutely devastated."

Meanwhile, Britain missed out on a second World Junior Championship gold medal as Martyn Rooney was beaten into a disappointing third place in the 400m.

The UKjunior record holder, who turned down a trip to the European Championships, suffered an appalling start and was never able to recover in the heat.

Rooney's third-place finish matched Mark Richardson's achievement 16 years earlier as the best placing by a Briton in this event at a World Junior Championships.

However, Trinidad's Renny Quow set a new personal best time of 45.74seconds to take gold, with America's Justin Oliver claiming silver.

"It was my race to lose and, unfortunately, I did," said Rooney. "Right from the start I had too much ground to make up."

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Aug 18, 2006
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