Above: Angie Petty finishes fourth in her semi-final at the IAAF World Championships (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Angela Petty put up a courageous bid to make the final of the 800m at the World Championships in Athletics in Beijing.
Petty drew the second of three semi-finals and was content to sit on the pole in third to last over the first lap covered in 58.55. When the pace went on over the final 150 metres Petty worked her way to through the field, but conceded she was too far back and left herself too much work to do to finish with the leaders.
She finished fourth in her second fastest ever time of 1:59.53. Petty needed to finish in the first two or rely on posting one of the next two fastest times. Unfortunately this did not happen as she needed to have run 1:58.35 to clinch the eighth place in the final. The standard wasvery high and all three semifinals were run in quick times, with high with ten personal best times set across the three races.
Petty described it as a tough race.
"It was a really fast race and I just didn't have enough there tonight, I'm pretty disappointed. It's one of those things, I'll go away from this and work extra hard for Rio next year," said Petty.
The 24 year old Cantabrian and World University Champion desperately wanted to make the final.
"I wanted that final so bad, but so did everyone else."
Petty felt that she probably stayed back a bit far from the start.
"After leading in yesterday's preliminary rounds I thought I'd try and save something for the last 250 metres, I thought I don't want to go too early because I've done that before and burnt out. But I left it too late this time and I had to go around so many people. I went so wide and I think it took too much from me, nearing the line, if I'd had another ten metres maybe I could've got them, but I just didn't quite have it," said Petty.
"I'm still grateful to be here after almost missing out yesterday."
From Murray McKinnon in Beijing