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Matthew Hudson-Smith wins 400m silver behind Antonio Watson

Mudassar Hassan



Matthew Hudson-Smith

The 28-year-old held the lead until the very end but was unable to stop Watson, who won in 44.22 seconds.

A foot issue that Hudson-Smith claimed occasionally rendered him “unable to walk” had an impact on his preparations.

I’ve experienced severe Achilles tendonitis. I can walk sometimes, but not always.

I have said all year that I only need to be flawless for three days.

Hudson-Smith made a strong start in pursuit of his first world championship, but he was unable to reply as Watson overtook him in Budapest’s last push.

After breaking a European record in the semi-finals, the British athlete made it plain that he was after the gold medal, but at first he seemed confused of how to respond.

He knelt down in a state of tiredness and reflection after receiving an upgrade to his 2022 medal and was able to savour the occasion after receiving his well-earned silver.

It comes a day after Josh Kerr’s incredible 1500-meter victory and is Great Britain’s fifth medal of the competition.
At the final 200m, I hurled 16 years of athletic experience.

Matthew Hudson-Smith is almost crowned world champion

Hudson-Smith had believed that winning bronze last year was just the beginning for him since he thought winning a first-ever global medal would free him to reach his full potential.
The medal match was wide open due to the terrible injury suffered by Steven Gardiner, the big favourites in Michael Norman’s absence as the incumbent champion, in the previous round.

As he came out of the turn with a slight advantage, Hudson-Smith appeared prepared to fully capitalise on the situation. He eventually paid for his previous effort though, as he was unable to keep up the pace and finish in 44.31.

Hudson-Smith, who put three years of “absolute hell” behind him to win world bronze, Commonwealth silver, and European gold in a successful 2022 season, still considers silver to be a tremendous accomplishment.

What he overcame to achieve these triumphs has made them all the more impressive.

He confessed that in 2021, while dealing with injury, bankruptcy, and the coronavirus pandemic, he had suffered greatly from mental health issues. This came to light after crossing the queue in Eugene.

Even while he may have believed the victory on Thursday night was within reach, the medal—which he won despite having Achilles tendinitis this year—marks yet another significant turning point in his professional life.

Following an odd buggy mishap, Hughes advances to the final

Following a strange occurrence in which two buggies carrying the competitors in the first race crashed on their way to the stadium, the start of the men’s 200m semifinals was delayed.

Noah Lyles, the winner of the men’s 100-meter race, was involved in the incident.

Following evaluation, one athlete was given the all-clear to compete, and the volunteer was found to be in good health. The Local Organising Committee for the World Championships announced that it would look into the situation.

When those races finally started, Britain’s Zharnel Hughes advanced without incident, coming in second to rising star and bronze medalist Erriyon Knighton (19.98).

Hughes ran a time of 20.02 to qualify fifth quickest overall, making him the first British man to place on the 100-meter podium in 20 years.

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