News Poz rues one that got away
ANDREW Pozzi became the latest English medal hope to crumble on the Gold Coast – and the hurdler admitted it was no more than he deserved.
The World and European indoor champion had looked supreme in qualifying for the Commonwealth 110m hurdles final at the Carrara Stadium.
But, like the Brownlee brothers and Max Whitlock before him, Pozzi failed to deliver a medal, ending up sixth in a time of 13.53seconds.
And the damage was done from the outset, the 25-year-old from Stratford-upon-Avon clattering the first hurdle and he was always playing catch-up from there.
“You have to take it at face value, I hit too many hurdles right from number one which is a stupid thing to do, it ruins the momentum early on,” he said.
“I tried to build again and I felt like I did a reasonable job and started to move through but I was just rushing things – timing and rhythm is everything in hurdles and by rushing, you are getting too close to some and you make more mistakes.”
Indeed with world and Olympic champion Omar McLeod absent from these Games in Australia – the field was wide open.
But it was Jamaica who sealed a one-two through Ronald Levy and Hansle Parchment with Australia’s Nicholas Hough scooping bronze.
Meanwhile, Sarah McDonald found herself through to the 1,500m final overnight after a successful appeal. And while she failed to take a medal, the 24-year-old athlete did achieve the European standard with an eighth place finish of 4:05.77minutes.
Elliot Giles, from Birmingham, came through in sixth place in his 800m heat, finishing in 1:48.54, but did not qualify for final. Meghan Beesley, from Nuneaton, finished in sixth place with a 56.41 but did not qualify for the 400m hurdles final.
“I thought I was in better shape than that so is frustrating,” she said.
“I knew around the final bend that I was going to struggle to pick it up even more.”
Caster Semenya destroyed the field to take the women’s 1500m title. The South African made her move with 300m to go and won in a Games record of four minutes 0.71 seconds.
She beat Kenyan Beatrice Chepkoech by almost three seconds while Wales’ Melissa Courtney came third and Semenya will now eye the 800m. Meanwhile, Botswana’s Isaac Makwala took the 400m crown in 44.35s ahead of team-mate Baboloki Thebe and Jamaica’s Javon Francis. In the morning session, Dina Asher-Smith qualified ninth fastest for today’s 200m semi-final. The 22-year-old ran 23.28 seconds as she slowed down with 60 metres to go to win her heat. Finette Agyapong (23.15s) and Bianca Williams (23.20s) also progressed while Zharnel Hughes (20.34s) and Richard Kilty (21.08s) reached the men’s semi-final. England team-mate Kyle Langford reached the 800m final with Jack Green confirming his spot in today’s 400m hurdles final. England’s Dan Bramble also reached the long jump final with a leap of 8.02m. Scotland’s Eilidh Doyle won her 400m hurdle heat in 54.08s to reach tomorrow’s final.
You have to take it at face value, I hit too many hurdles right from number one, which is a stupid thing to do.