Chris O’Hare today revealed his devastation at blowing his shot at a World Championship title after the Capital star slumped out in the semi-finals of the 1500 metres yesterday in Beijing.
The double European bronze medallist gave himself a verdict of ‘not good enough’ in coming seventh to miss out on tomorrow’s final in the Chinese capital, running a time almost ten seconds outside his personal best.
And the Edinburgh Athletic Club ace conceded he had only himself to blame for failing to better his 12th-place finish in Moscow of 2013.
“It was perfect up until 50 metres to go, and that was it, just rubbish,” said O’Hare, whose exit mirrored that of club-mate Lynsey Sharp in the 800m. “It’s really frustrating, we’ve put a lot of work into that last 50m, unfortunately I was seventh best.
“It’s simple as that and I’m absolutely gutted. I really wanted to do something to show how fit I am. This season has been a rollercoaster. It’s just rubbish. I’m lost for words.
“It doesn’t matter if you run the perfect race if you don’t qualify. It only becomes a perfect race if you qualify. And I didn’t so, perfect race or rubbish race, it was a rubbish race.”
The 24-year-old from West Linton, whose British rival Charlie Grice did advance, is now set to jet back to his base in Boston US to consider his plans for the build-up to next year’s Olympic Games in Rio – but he’s vowed to bounce back in style.
“I’m ready to work harder than ever for my family, my country and all youngsters who need to see the heartbreak that makes us stronger,” he added.
Steph Twell says reaching tomorrow’s 5000m final can spur her to hit the heights in Rio next summer.
The 26-year-old has fought back from a long injury nightmare to put herself back among the middle distance elite.
And seven years after her Olympic debut arrived in the Bird’s Nest, the Scots star says earning a return trip here was enough to keep her pushing to make a comeback on the toughest days of her rehab.
“It just sticks in my mind, looking up at the Olympic flame and being part of the Olympic spirit, which was an enormous feat for my career at this stage,” she said. “There was that ‘whoa’ but also telling myself not to get nervous now.
“I had that mindset of living up to this and knowing this is where I want to be. So coming back is fantastic because I know I’ve made it after the journey I’ve been on and I’m really proud.”
Meanwhile, Katarina Johnson-Thompson has pledged to learn the lessons from her disastrous double showing in China to propel her towards the podium in Rio. After blowing a golden chance of victory in the heptathlon earlier this week, the 22-year-old from Liverpool could finish only 11th in the long jump yesterday as GB&NI team-mate Shara Proctor took silver in a British record of 7.07 metres.
“It’s probably the worst week of my life, for sure. It has been a massive learning curve and that is it,” Johnson-Thompson said. “I am never going to let this happen again. Me and my coach are going to go into winter training very motivated to do myself justice.”