Daryll Neita misses out on 200m gold by 0.01sec … after thinking she had won

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Whenever Daryll Neita is at a loose end, she often watches videos of herself running on loop. It is a process that can swallow up hours, as she plays, pauses and rewinds footage on her phone, scanning for clues like a forensics scientist, hoping it will help her put to together the perfect race. Sadly, after a dramatic and heartbreaking night in Rome, she is still waiting.

It was painful enough that Neita, whose bubbly personality makes her one of the more popular ­members of the British team, had been a big favourite for 200m. And that she lost out on gold by 0.01sec. But the final heartbreak came when she crossed the line and thought she had won – only to learn the Swiss athlete Mujinga Kambundji had pipped her in a photo-finish in 22.49sec.

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Written by Sean Ingle in Rome
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/article/2024/jun/11/daryll-neita-european-championships-athletics under the title “Daryll Neita misses out on 200m gold by 0.01sec … after thinking she had won”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.