Above: Camille Buscomb leading her 5000m heat at the World Championships in London. Photo by Jewel Samad / Getty Images.
Angie Petty missed out by three hundredths of a second in making it to the semi-finals of the 800m after finishing fourth in the third of six heats.
Competing at her third World Championships and requiring to finish in the first three or the next six fastest times Petty clocked 2:01.76.
Petty was in a qualifying position until the last heat, where seven of the runners finished in faster times than the Cantabrian.
The national champion for the last six years and gold medallist at the 2015 World University Games in a personal best 1:59.06 said she was disappointed with her performance.
“I should have been running way better than that 2:01. But it was the way it was run maybe I didn’t position myself really well. I hung on Caster (Semenya) on the first lap, I thought I would go past her but then I might die but when I saw it was only sixty at the bell then I was like well I probably should’ve done.
“I go through in 58 fine, but then I didn’t seem to have it in that last 100m it just felt a weird race I just didn’t get going properly but I still gave it everything in the last 100m but it just didn’t feel like I was as sharp as I was hoping,” said Petty.
The 25 year old from Christchurch is coached by Danny Mackey in the States.
Semenya won Petty’s heat in 2:01.33.
Earlier Camille Buscomb gave it everything in the heats of the 5000m following her disappointment in the 10,000m five days earlier, but after leading for the first four laps drifted to the rear when the pace went on after 3000m.
Needing to finish in the first five or the next five fastest times Buscomb had to be satisfied with 16th place in 15:40.41. Overall she was 30th from the two heats.
The twenty seven year old, three times New Zealand 5000m champion, from Hamilton, has a personal best of 15:19.81 from two months ago in the Netherlands.
Buscomb said she wanted to be in a position to have a chance over the second half.
“I wasn’t intending on leading but I wanted to be in a position near the front because I just knew that was really my only chance to feel good and part of it and I thought maybe I could have hung on as long as possible, and that’s what I did I just hung on but I didn’t have it,” she said.
Buscomb said that she put a lot of work in to get to the championships.
”I wasn’t at the level to qualify for the championships so I had to push as much as I could early on in the season to get to the next level and it is hard to maintain that level without having a bit of a lull.
“My legs have been pretty heavy for the last couple of months with all the training has definitely taken a toll on my body at the moment.
“I’m not feeling super amazing at the moment. I’ve made big jumps early on in the season and it’s really hard to hold through,” she said.
However the experience has been an asset for the future.
“I’ll learn a lot from this, it was pretty daunting in the 10k and I felt a little more in control today.
“I’m still really happy to be here and to bounce back from the 10k. I didn’t run super-fast as the last part of the race I was on my own. I freshened up as much as I could to give myself every chance to do my best and that’s all you can really ask for,” she added.
“I’m going to go back home, have a rest and then start building up for the Comm Games.”
Her breakthrough in 5000m running came in April 2015 when she improved her personal best by 50 seconds before going on to gain the silver medal in the 5000m at the World University Games in Korea.
Athletics New Zealand Correspondent