There was controversy tonight surrounding Cumbrian Nick Miller's disappointment at the World Athletics Championships.

Reigning Commonwealth Games champion Miller, from Scotby, was eliminated at the halfway stage of the competition in Doha, Qatar, after failing to get into the top eight to earn another three throws.

The 26-year-old Border Harrier, who yesterday had qualified in 10th, finished in 10th position.

There was, though, drama surrounding Miller's second-round foul believed to be a throw of more than 80m, which, potentially, could have put him in medal contention. Miller appealed the decision, but his appeal was rejected.

The drama came after Miller's first-round effort of 75.31m and before his third-round foul.

Polish star Pawel Fajdek won the event with a throw of 80.50m, with Frenchman Quentin Bigot coming second with a throw of 78.19m and third-placed Bence Halász throwing 78.18m.