OUT: Zoe Buckman (right). PHOTO: JULIAN GETTY IMAGES
OUT: Zoe Buckman (right). PHOTO: JULIAN GETTY IMAGES JULIAN GETTY IMAGES

Buckman bundled out of 1500m

ZOE Buckman was knocked out of the Commonwealth Games in the heats of the 1500m after her appeal against interference was dismissed.

A finalist at last year's World Championships, the former Grafton Public School student led throughout heat two until a tangle at the final bell with Kenya's Selah Busienei saw her grabbed by the arm and stumble.

Busienei went on to qualify while Buckman wilted and ran four seconds slower than her season's best to miss qualification.

Buckman had controlled the pace of the race after watching the sharp pace of the first heat. But she felt that the decision to be the frontrunner had cost her.

"I'm really disappointed," Buckman said after her run.

"I should have sat back and run it like a normal race."

Junction Hill athletics coach Terry West nurtured Buckman as a young athlete before her family moved to Canberra. He believed Buckman would be "shattered" at missing the final.

"She's been running well in Europe. Perhaps she peaked one race too early," West said.

Two other Australians, Melissa Duncan and Kaila McKnight, both advanced as non-automatic qualifiers from the faster first heat.

"I said to my wife I don't know what's going on here, because Zoe's better than the other two (Australians)," West said.

"I'd say she's pretty shattered, actually."



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