Above: Camille Buscomb winning the Zatopek 10,000m in Melbourne. Photo by Getty Images.
It was a long lonely road around the 25 laps of the London Stadium for Camille Buscomb, who finished 30th in the 10,000m in 33:07.53 at the 2017 IAAF World Championships.
With her long flowing blonde hair Buscomb was towards the back of the field from the start. The 5000m came up in 16:20 and Buscomb was unable to maintain contact with a group of runners and spent the remainder of the race battling her way on her own.
Meanwhile out front world record holder Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia was tearing up the track lapping a number in the race to win the world title in 30:16.32, 46 seconds ahead of compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba with Agnes Jebet Tirop of Kenya third in 31:03.50.
Buscomb acknowledged that she didn’t feel very good and doesn’t know what the problem is.
“I’m just not quite right, whether it’s because I’ve been doing a lot of training. It’s real unfortunate,” said Buscomb.
“Maybe I’m a bit fried, I haven’t been feeling my best for a while but maybe I’ve just got to keep pushing and keep training and I’ll be right.
“But I just felt horrible the whole way. You never really know because you don’t get a chance run many and you can’t tell exactly how your trainings going, you think maybe it’s because you’re tired from all your training. I just don’t know. It’s a long way when you’re feeling terrible,” she added.
“It’s a long grind when every step is pretty hard, but I didn’t want to pull out.”
At this stage Buscomb will make a decision later after talking to her coach as to whether she will contest the 5000m heats on Thursday.
Athletics New Zealand Correspondent