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Learmonth through to men's 800 metre final

Guy Learmonth
Guy Learmonth came third in the 800m semis to gain automatic qualification to the final Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Northumberland runner Guy Learmonth has qualified for the mens' 800 metre final after a thrilling semi final he held on and ran the race of his life in front of his home crowd.

Learmonth, from Berwick, was competeing in the same race as gold medal favourite David Rudisha from Kenya.

Guy said qualifying for the final at home means the world to him and the buzz he got from the crowd helped him through.


Reaction to Jack Laugher's gold at games


Congratulation to Jack Laugher(1st) and Matthew Mitcham(2nd). In the dive commonwealth games. #Glasgow2014


Good job @jacklaugher 450 points in the final - that is bloody impressive - well done.


Good job @jacklaugher 450 points in the final - that is bloody impressive - well done.


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