Buckman finishes seventh at World Championships

AUSTRALIA'S top miler Zoe Buckman finished a credible seventh at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow.

The Grafton-born Zoe Buckman was checked as runners jostled for position just before entering the home straight.

It was a moment the 24 year-old believed cost her a chance of finishing even higher.

Buckman cemented her place in history books as she became the first Australian to qualify for the final of the women's 1500m at the World Championships.

It was hoped she could claim a medal after qualifying fastest in the semi-finals when she produced a personal best time.

It was a time the Clarence Valley product couldn't repeat in the final, finishing seventh in four minutes 5.77 seconds.

After the final Buckman admitted she was experiencing mixed emotions.

"That's the first time I've run three rounds of the 1500 at that level so I'm a bit tired," said Buckman.

"But to come away with a top eight is a great achievement.

"It's been a taxing last few days.

"I'm feeling a bit disappointed but that's why I'm here, why I got here in the first place, that drive to win."

Reaching the finals was a major step for the promising middle-distance runner after she reached the semi-final stage of the Olympics in London.

The positive is Buckman now has experience of running at the highest level to call upon in the future and the confidence that comes with being ranked in the top-10 milers in the world.

"It was fast and it was more physical," she said.

"That last lap was really hard, it put a few doubts in my head and I just tried to fight on.

"I shouldn't let that get me down though.

"I should view it as a confidence thing that I was able to retain a top-eight position."



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