Lynsey Sharp was today starting the inquest into her World Championship flop after the Capital star crashed out in the 800 metres semi-finals in Beijing.
The former European champion – primed for a medal tilt after the perfect build-up – looked set to take the race by storm when she went head to head with Glasgow 2014 gold medallist Eunice Sum for the lead with a lap to go in the Bird’s Nest yesterday.
But in the speediest of the three semis, the Edinburgh AC hope’s challenge fell completely apart as she ended up eighth despite breaking the two-minute barrier with a time of 1:59.33.
“I didn’t run my own race,” she said. “I was concentrating too much on Sum. I didn’t execute the way I usually do.
“I know I’m in great shape. I’ve done all the work in training I’ve got no excuse. I should have been able to cope with anything but for some reason it didn’t come together.”
Clubmate Chris O’Hare admitted he was praying for a smoother ride in today’s 1500m semi-final after nearly getting knocked off track in his heat.
The 24-year-old from West Linton recovered to come fifth in 3:38.43 and joins team-mate Charlie Grice in bidding now to make Sunday’s final – with the European medallist conceding he’ll need to hit top form.
“It wasn’t that fast so I knew it was going to be hot. That’s last lap was going to be quick. I didn’t expect to almost fall but that’s 1500m running for you. I’m glad both Charlie and I went through.
“I was getting a bit worried when I got tripped up with 380m to go, but I managed to compose myself quickly. Then I saw that I had Silas Kiplagat in front of me, and I thought just trace him, he’s not going to be sixth, he’s going to be in the top two or three. So if I can just trace him on the inside, that was my plan all along and it worked out in the end.”
Fellow Scots Eilidh Child and Kirsten McAslan are set to link up tonight in the 4x400m relay heats.