STOURBRIDGE’S Rachel Wallader exited the World Championships at the first stage after failing to qualify for the shot put final.

Heading into Tuesday night’s qualifying, Wallader had a personal best of 17.53m and a season’s best of 17.47m, meaning the automatic qualifying mark of 18.30m was always going to be a challenge for the Halesowen AC thrower.

The Brit walked out into the London Stadium to a hero’s welcome from the home crowd, but was unable to post an effort over 17m all night.

Throwing in Pool A, Wallader opened with a mark of 16.73m, as Hungary’s Anita Marton posted an impressive 18.76m to make the final with a single throw.

Wallader improved in the second round, extending her mark to 16.81m, but it would be as far as she managed.

Heading into the ring for her third and final effort, Wallader knew that only a new personal best would be good enough to make the final.

It was not to be, though, as the 27-year-old could only manage 15.83m on a chilly night in the London Stadium.

It meant she exited the event with just the 23rd best throw of the night, and with only 12 making the final, she was not to be one of them.