Buckman finishes seventh at World Athletics Championships

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Nanjing Night Net

With 150 metres remaining in the 1500 metres final at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, Zoe Buckman was bunched in the lead pack ready to strike for the line down the home straight when she was checked by another athlete, lost ground and, with it, any chance of winning a medal.

In a physical race with heavy jostling Buckman finished in seventh place, the clip having cost her any chance of claiming a spot on the dais she had been well positioned to secure. But she leaves Moscow satisfied in the knowledge that she no longer aspires to be a world-class athlete – she has arrived as a world class athlete.

“At 150 once I got that check I thought to myself accelerate because it would have slowed me down a bit (in the end the check) is what cost me places, you lose your rhythm,” she said.

Disappointed not to win a medal, Buckman was pleased to finish in the top eight in the world and deliver a platform to now strike for gold.

“I am feeling a bit disappointed but that’s why I got here in the first place. It is that drive to win.

“Now two years in a row (she made the final at the London Olympics last year) I know I have that capacity to perform at a championship, which is so much more important than being able to go out and run fast in pace races because that is when the whole world is watching so I know I can handle championships racing and perform at my best.

“I am going to go on now and try and get better at everything. It shows me that I am world class not just aspiring to be world class. I am right there.”

Sweden’s Abeba Aregawi won in a time of 4minutes 2.67 seconds with American Jennifer Simpson – the gold medallist at the last world championships in Daegu – taking silver in 4:02.99 and Kenyan Hellen Onsando Obiri bronze in 4:03.86.

Having been the fastest qualifier for the final when she ran a personal best, Buckman ran 4:05.77, which was almost a second slower than she ran Tuesday. The time she ran on Tuesday would have won her bronze had she been able to match it on Thursday.

“The final was fast and it was more physical and that last lap was really hard I had a few doubts in my head and tried to fight on. I shouldn’t let that get me down I need to have the confidence that I was still able to get top eight,” she said.

“My goal coming here was to make the final so to take a step back I should be really happy.”

Buckman admitted she was frustrated and unsettled by delays to the start of the race caused by the high jump gold medallist Bohdan Bondarenko taking three more attempts at setting a new world record after he won his gold.

“It gives me a good platform for next year. I have made top eight in the world, now let’s see if we can build off that.

None of the three 1500-metre medallists from last year’s London Olympics made it to Moscow, with gold medallist Asli Cakir Alptekin from Turkey provisionally banned for life after a second doping offence. Only two of the other 12 London finalists got through to the final in Moscow.

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