Track two bounce back from brink

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - SCOTT GULLEN

LESS than a week ago, Pa­trick Tier­nan’s world cham­pi­onships looked over.

Two months ago Genevieve LaCaze thought her sea­son was over.

Then in the space of an hour the two Aus­tralian dis­tance run­ners de­fied pre­dic­tions to progress to world cham­pi­onships fi­nals.

Tier­nan pro­duced a Lazarus- type res­ur­rec­tion given on the open­ing night of the cham­pi­onships he tailed off in the 10,000m fi­nal, ap­pear­ing dis­ori­ented dur­ing the fi­nal stages as he was lapped.

Five days later he turned up in the heats of the 5000m and ran bril­liantly, fin­ish­ing fourth to gain au­to­matic en­try into the fi­nal.

Tier­nan had no ex­pla­na­tion for his 10,000m fail­ure, ad­mit­ting he was em­bar­rassed by the per­for­mance.

“I’ve never per­son­ally had a re­sult like that in the 10k,” he said.

“I’m still try­ing to fig­ure out what hap­pened.”

LaCaze, a fi­nal­ist in the 3000m steeple­chase and 5000m in Rio, has had a host of in­jury is­sues this year.

“Worlds was not even a pos­si­bil­ity two months ago – I thought I was go­ing home,” LaCaze said.

“I thought if I got to a fi­nal, I will run so free and re­laxed so if that ( heat) was calm then I will be so calm in the fi­nal.”

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