Tuesday, September 21, 2021

False starts cost hurdler Liz Clay a chance at 100m gold

Australian hurdler Liz Clay has taken to social media to express her frustration over multiple false starts in her semi-final.

Clay was devastated on Sunday night after she narrowly missed securing a spot in the 100m hurdles final despite running a personal best time of 12.71.

She was just 0.04 seconds off a berth in the final.

In the tweet on Monday Clay said: “Good morning to everyone except the three false starts last night.”

Technology that measures pressure on the blocks is used to determine when there’s a false start, but no runner in Clay’s race was found to have broken early.

Expert commentator Bruce McAvaney said the three false starts were “messy”.

“Whatever is happening it has to be sorted out,” he said.

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“This is messy.”

Later in the night Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes was disqualified from the men’s 100m final after a false start.

Clay issued a warning to her Paris Games rivals after a frustrating night of false starts cost her a chance at the women’s 100m hurdles final.

Clay ran a blistering personal best of 12.71 to finish third behind Jamaica’s Britany Anderson and American Kendra Harrison in her semi-final but, agonisingly, finished 0.04s outside of the qualifying times to feature in the eight who will go for gold on Monday morning.

The semi-finals were hotly contested, with Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn shaving .06s off Australian Sally Pearson’s nine-year-old Olympic record.

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But the 26-year-old Olympic debutant’s heat was plagued by three false starts – one caused by loud applause in reaction to the men’s high jump on the other side of the Olympic Stadium – and she said if not for them she would’ve taken even more time off her PB.

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“I’m gutted. I would’ve been in that final if it wasn’t for those false starts,” Clay said.

“It was pretty frustrating to finally get going on the fourth one.

“I still think I held my own really well but I know I’m good enough to be in the final and a PB by .01 but it’s nothing compared to making that final so I’m pretty upset.”

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