With Usain Bolt picking up a solitary bronze medal from his farewell championships and Mo Farah falling short of another long distance double, Bosworth was the latest to fall prey to the fickle London 2017 scriptwriters.
Taking the form of a ten-lap race up and down The Mall, Bosworth was prominent on the front of the 20km field and in third position, two seconds off the leaders, at the halfway point of a race eventually won by Colombia’s Eider Arevalo in a time of 1:18:53 – one minute and 20s faster than the Sevenoaks racer’s best.
Following an early red card he had settled into his racing and appeared to be establishing a lead on the remainder of the field when he picked up two more red cards in a single lap – all for both feet being off the ground at the same time – leading to a disqualification and tears on the course.
“It is devastating but it’s part of the event and today I felt great, I felt in control and I was testing the pace myself, so it shows I’m fit enough,” said the 27-year-old who finished a shock sixth at last year’s Rio Olympics.
“But that’s race walking. Technique has to go with the fitness.
“Today I was going at a speed I’ve never ever gone before. So there’s positives to take from this, and it’s part of the event.
“After the first card I was just concentrating. Then I put in a little burst to really open up my stride. But I felt strong and I normally know when I’m pushing the boundaries and when I’m not.
“So yeah, it was a real shock. That’s why it was quite difficult to take, I didn’t feel bad. They were all for lifting and I was out.
“One of the chief judges, who I know very, very well, called me out and looked devastated for me.
“It was just heart wrenching because you’re not allowed to finish the race and I felt like I was only just getting going.”
Bosworth first came to the…