PB for Buckman but final is out of reach
9 August 2012
ATHLETICS: Australia’s Zoe Buckman has clocked a new personal best in the women’s 1500 metres semi-finals but it wasn’t enough to move the 23 year-old through to the final.
Buckman finished 10th in her semi in a time of 4:05.03 – a time that would have qualified her for the final if she ran in the other semi-final.
The second Australian in the event, Victorian accountant Kaila McKnight, was 12th in her semi-final in a time of 4.08.44.
Buckman was pleased with her performance and said she had learned a lot from the experience.
"A PB on top of a being in an Olympic semi-final, got to be happy with that,” Buckman said.
“I had high expectations coming in which is what you need at this level.
“It was quite nitty gritty in the last lap and quite physical, quite a few elbows thrown. This is a whole different ball game." Meanwhile McKnight wasn’t quite so happy with her end result.
"I was pretty confident that I could match it with some of them, but today was just not my day,” McKnight said.
“I felt pretty rough from the beginning, I tried to settle in, I felt alright in the third lap but I was just so wide. I didn't want to be that far off the back, so I'm pretty disappointed. It's a pity that it was in an Olympic semi-final.”
Men’s javelin qualifying
In the qualifying round of the men’s javelin competition Australian Jarrod Bannister, who was sixth in the event in Beijing four years ago, finished 27th overall and will not progress any further.
The 2010 Commonwealth champion’s best throw was 77.38 metres on his first attempt. His second throw was a 76.23 and he fouled on his third attempt.
Tonight’s throws were all well short of his Oceania record of 89.02 set in Brisbane in 2008.
Dave Lyall in London