Angie Smit held her form well on the last lap after a fast first lap of 58 seconds. She fought hard in the home straight but could not make any impression on the first four finishing fifth in 2:01.94.
Hamblin started slow and worked her way into the race over the first 500 metres, and finished seventh in 2:02.43.
The world champion Eunice Sum from Kenya won in 2:00.31 from Scotland's Lynsey Sharp in 2:01.34 and Winnie Nanyondo of Uganda in 2:01.38.
Smit said that they went out pretty hard over the first 200 metres.
“So that’s why I sat back a little bit maybe I sat a bit too much because then I left myself with a lot of work to do to get around them the second lap and had to go quite wide. But if I had gone out hard I might have blown up, you just don’t know I gave it everything and tried to kick again from 100 but didn’t quite have it in the legs today,” said Smit.
“Fifth in the Commonwealth I can’t complain, hopefully the next time will be better.”
Hamblin said that she knew that it would be a fast start.
“Those girls are super fit and haven’t raced that much I’ve run eight 800’s in the past two or three years and three of them have been here,” said Hamblin.
“I’m not quite there in the first 200 metres, but that was okay because I knew it was come back I just had to keep calm. The race really starts at 600 and it’s the last 200 to see what everyone’s got and unfortunately my legs were no, we’ve given you everything that we’ve got so it’s one of those things,” she added.
“I was tying up bad over the last 80 metres and I said to myself just hold it, hold it and still hoping that some more girls would tie up in front of me but they didn’t tie up any more than me and there still wasn’t really any space, but I had to run the rail, the only way I was going to have a shot was to run the shortest distance.”
Hamblin said that she has the PB for the person who has gone through the call room the most times during these Games.
Athletics New Zealand Correspondent