After a slow run race Nikki Hamblin was unable to match the pace over the final 200m, but held on well for fifth place in the 1500m final in 4:10.77.
Former world youth and junior 1500m champion Faith Kibiegon of Kenya won in 4:08.94 from London Olympian Laura Weightman of England 4:09.24 and Canada’s Kate Van Buskirk 4:09.41.
Hamblin was well placed over the first three laps, after the field set out at a pedestrian pace of 71 seconds for the first 400m. The 800m came up in 2:18.95, with the three Kenyans across the front of the field, and the 1200m in 3:23.25. The race then developed into a sprint over the final 300m.
Hamblin the Delhi Commonwealth Games double silver medallist said that she felt really good during the run.
“I thought I was in a really good position, probably got caught a little bit just before 200m to go and a lot of girls came around me and when it is a slow run race like that whoever kicks first is nine times out of ten going to win. The kick came and I was just in too much traffic, I probably didn’t lose any ground over the last 100m,” said Hamblin.
The three times New Zealand 1500m champion added that she probably made a mistake with 250m to go.
“I can’t say that cost me a medal, I did what I could out there.”
The 26 year old said that she had hoped that the Kenyans would have taken it on and try and run a fast race.
“That would have suited me better but you can’t be surprised at anything in distance racing. That is the beauty of it, is that you have to make your decisions out there, your coach isn’t there telling you what to do at that point. You aim to be really fit and to be in really good shape, but you also have to get your head in the right place and be a really smart racer to win.”
Hamblin said that she is excited to come back tomorrow and run the heats of the 800m.
“This is awesome, the crowd is awesome, the atmosphere is awesome and I don’t want to give away another opportunity to be on the start line and come out here. I know it is a pretty tough turn around I not a renowned sleeper after racing so it will take me a few coffees to get on the start line.”
After missing out on the London Olympics Hamblin said that these events only come around every four years so she doesn’t want to miss an opportunity to race.
“We look to Rio and learn from what we’ve done here from this year and improve next year and then learn some more things and hopefully have something pretty well run down to 2016,” she said.
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