Cumbrian Nick Miller's appeal has been rejected during the aftermath of a highly controversial hammer final at the World Athletics Championships.

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

There was, though, drama surrounding Miller's second-round foul which, potentially, could have put him in medal contention, with Miller feeling it had been a legal throw.

Miller appealed the decision to be awarded a foul for his second-round attempt, but his appeal has been rejected. It came after Border Harrier Miller's first-round effort of 75.31m and before his third-round foul.

"Unfortunately, the Jury of Appeal rejected our appeal," a British Athletics spokesman said.

On his Facebook account, Miller said: "You all know what the situation is here. Everything was ruled inconclusive, and so, the foul will stand.

"They will go with the official's judgement at the cage. That's all there is to say.

"What I do know is, after a year of some issues, I'm proud to have had a good season.

"The last few weeks, working close[ly] with my coach [Tore Gustafsson], have seen my throwing go to a new level. I had the best training camp of my life [in Turkey] and enjoyed every part of it.

"We have finally figured out how I throw and I'm excited to move with this [going] forwards.

"Sport is filled with ups and downs, and it's part of the game. Thank you all for your kind words and support."

More drama then came overnight as Polish star Wojciech Nowicki unexpectedly shared the bronze medal with Hungarian Bence Halasz after the Poland team, and the judges, saw an error in Halasz's first hammer throw of 78.18m which gave him a bronze.

A statement regarding the Jury of Appeal's decision read: "An appeal was lodged by Team Poland, challenging the validity of trial one of Hungarian athlete Bence Halasz, claiming the Hungarian athlete had touched the ground outside the circle.

"The Jury of Appeal met and, after reviewing the video of the competition, concluded that irregularities in the conduct of the competition disadvantaged Polish athlete Wojciech Nowicki.

"The appeal was upheld and the Jury of Appeal directs that Wojciech Nowicki also be awarded a bronze medal."

It added: "The irregularities cited in the decision concern a disputed first throw by the Hungarian athlete. The jury believes the decision on the first throw influenced the Hungarian athlete's approach to his remaining attempts.

"Therefore, the jury has decided, in fairness to both athletes, that two bronze medals shall be awarded."

It means 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, while Nowicki and Halasz will share bronze, with Miller having to do make do with his 10th-placed finish after his unsuccessful appeal.

With his 2019 season having come to an end, Miller will now look to shake off his World Championship disappointment ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.