Andrew Osagie inspired by home crowd

Osagie inspired by home crowd
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Team GB's Andrew Osagie hails the home crowd's influence on British athletes at the Olympics so far.

Team GB's Andrew Osagie has hailed the home crowd's influence on British performances at the Olympics so far.

Osagie produced a powerful finish to qualify for the 800m semi-finals earlier today, and the 23-year-old acknowledged the part that those in attendance played in helping him over the line.

"This crowd has been unbelievable and we're trying to match them with our performances. Take Mo [Farah] and Jess [Ennis] and Greg [Rutherford] the other day, we're all trying to step up as Team GB," said Osagie.

"I was in a position where I was outside the qualifying until about the last three metres, which is not ideal but I didn't panic, I was very comfortable with where I was.

"I am almost renowned for running rubbish in the heats, I really struggle with these mornings. But when it's night time - with an amazing crowd like this - I'm sure I'll be fine."

Osagie's semi-final will take place tomorrow.

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