Commonwealth semis for Levine

Nigel Levine. wk 32. ENGPNL00220120708121234
Nigel Levine. wk 32. ENGPNL00220120708121234

Former Bedford College student Nigel Levine was knocked out in the semi-finals of the 400m at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The England man squeezed through his heats as a fastest loser at Hampden Park, after coming fourth with a time of 46.35s.

He was then drawn in lane three for the third semi-final, but he could only manage fifth place which was not good enough to put him into the final.

Lalonde Gordon from Trinidad and Tobago took the heat with a time of 45.37 seconds, ahead of Bahamian Latoy Williams in 45.44s.

Next came Botswana representative Isaac Makwala in a time of 45.57s, while Guyana’s Winston George took fourth spot in 46.38s.

Levine was next across the line, with the 25-year-old finishing in 46.57s.

It was a somewhat disappointing result for Levine, who would have been hoping to make the final of the competition in front of a vociferous crowd.

Levine made a big impact in his first ever season over 400m in 2007, recording 46.31, and in 2009 reduced that to 45.78.

In 2010 he was part of the bronze medal-winning GB 4x400m team at the World Indoor Championships in Doha, and in 2011 he took the coveted European U23 crown as well as being part of the GB 4x400m relay squad.

In 2013 he won an individual silver medal at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg, as well as helping the relay team to an impressive gold medal.

Hope is not yet lost for Levine at this year’s Commonweaths, however, as he is due to compete as part of the Team England 4x400m sprint relay squad.

The three heats take place today at Hampden Park, with the top-two teams from each race progressing to Thursday night’s final.

The final takes place at 8.10pm and will be broadcast live on the BBC.