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Rimmer's season ends in heartache; Mersey star ruled out of World final.

Byline: JAMES PEARCE

MICHAEL RIMMER'S season is over after he missed out on qualifying for this weekend's World Athletics Final in Thessalonika, Greece.

Selection is based on points gained at Golden League and Grand Prix meetings throughout the summer with only the top eight invited to compete in the prestigious event.

The Liverpool Pembroke Sefton 800m runner, who has been troubled by injuries and illness this year, is joint 14th in the table.

"I've just missed out so that's me done now," Rimmer said.

"I'll have a short break and then get back into my training."

Southport-born Rimmer, who is still top of the UK rankings, has struggled for form this summer and only boasts a season's best of 1:46.13 - well below his PB of 1:44.68 he set last year.

His final race was at the Rieti Meeting in Italy last weekend where he finished second in the B 800m race.

Rimmer clocked 1:46.83 with British rival Joe Thomas back in eighth place in 1:48.46.

Andy Baddeley was also competing in Rieti and he clocked a season's best in the 1500m. The Wirral-born runner raced home in 3:35.07 for sixth place. That was over a second quicker than his previous best time this year.

Baddeley travelled to Italy after helping set a new UK record in the Memorial Van Damme IAAF Golden League meeting in Brussels.

He was part of the English quartet in the unusual 4x1500m relay and completed his leg in 3:39.00.

Baddeley teamed up with Nick McCormick (3:44.7), Ricky Stevenson (3:43.3) and Mark Draper (3:47.6) to help take fifth place in 14:54.57.

That time broke a UK record which had stood for 30 years, while winners Kenya set a new world record of 14:36.23.

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