Mohammed made to fight for bronze medal in feisty 800m final
11:16 GMT, 3 March 2013
12:29 GMT, 3 March 2013
Mukhtar Mohammed won a battling bronze in a feisty men's 800-metre final at the European Indoor Championships.
The 22-year-old, who was born in Somalia and moved to the UK in 2002, fought hard to edge his way past Anis Ananenka from Belarus, who appeared to try to push Mohammed wide with his elbows as they grappled for the line.
Mohammed, a former defensive midfielder for Sheffield Wednesday, won Great Britain's fifth medal of these championships following golds for Holly Bleasdale (pole vault) and Perri Shakes-Drayton (400m) and silver medals for James Dasaolu (60m) and Eilidh Child (400m).
Battling performance: Mukhtar Mohammed won a bronze medal in the 800m
Mohammed said: 'It was a tough race between me and the guy from Belarus (Anis Ananenka). He gave me a hard time on the last lap, and I lost the first two positions because of him.
'I had to fight to get a medal but I was really enjoying it as I did with the heat and the semi-final and I didn’t want to mess up in the final.
Flying the flag: Mohammed celebrates his third place
Proud moment: Mohammed shows off his bronze medal after finishing behind Poland's Adam Kszczot and Spain's Kevin Lopez
'At the end of the day it’s the cleverest and bravest guys that win championships and Adam Kszczot did very well to win the race. This is a learning experience for me and hopefully it’ll get even better for the next championships.
'I am very pleased just to get a medal. Gold was going to be good for me but I’ve got to be happy with a medal.'