Commonwealth Games: Rodger vows to come back stronger after hurdles agony

Seb Rodger
Seb Rodger

Eastbourne 400m hurdler Seb Rodger missed out on a place in the final at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Racing from lane six in heat two Rodger came home in a time 50.71secs - outside his personal best of 49.19secs.

South African Cornel Fredricks finished first and qualified for the final in a time of 49.26 narrowly ahead of Jeffery Gibson from the Bahammas 49.66.

Rodger initially finished sixth but was bumped up to fourth after two athletes were disqualified. It was not enough however to force his way into the final.

It was a huge blow for the 23-year-old European under-23 silver medallist who reached the final of the World Championships held in Moscow last year.

Prior to the race, Rodger had said he was in good shape despite recovering from whiplash injuries following a recent car crash.

After the race he tweeted, “So disappointed with today’s performance, thank you for all your support, sorry to let everyone down! I promise I will be back stronger.”

Jehue Gordon (49.29), Annsert Whyte (49.48), Christian Cuevas-Morton (49.62), Roxroy Cato (49.51), Boniface Mucheru (49.67) and England’s Richard Yates were the other qualifiers from Friday’s final.

Elsewhere in Games Eastbourne other representative Heather Olver continued her good form in the Badminton.

Olver who had helped England to team silver earlier in the week advanced in the mixed doubles draw as Chris Langridge and Olver beat Kenya’s Patrick Mbogo and Mercy Joseph 2-0.

Of her silver medal Olver added, ““I feel fantastic. It was tough but I think we can be very proud of our silver medal. I was part of the bronze-winning team in Delhi and that was fantastic and getting silver this time is just amazing.

“The support’s been amazing here, absolutely brilliant.”

“We had the day off yesterday (Tuesday) so we had a bit of light training and then managed to get away from the village and we went to watch a bit of the gymnastics which was interesting.

“We had a little bit of downtime so now we are all ready and set to get back into the individual.”