Buckman gallant in 1500m defeat says former coach
FOR the second time in her athletics career, Zoe Buckman's Olympics campaign came to an end at the semi-final stage of the women's 1500m.
Buckman was one of three Australians who all reached the semi-finals at Rio 2016, but failed to progressed to the final.
Watch highlights of Buckman's 1500m semi-final in the video below:
In a time of 4:06.95, she finished ninth in the second semi-final, 1.67 seconds behind Great Britain's Laura Weightman, who finished fifth to secure the last spot in the nine-woman final.
But the 27-year-old who grew up in Grafton spent much of the race camped on the inside of the front pack in about fourth position before tiring in the latter stages.
Buckman's former coach Terry West said the nature of the race did not suit Buckman's typical plan of taking the inside run and going with the pace.
"I think Zoe on reflection would probably wish she ran a different race," West said.
"She doesn't have the speed of some of the 800m runners who also ran in the race.
"She likes to run on the inside, but it didn't pay dividends because she had to change pace a lot, especially in the last two laps, which really drains you. I think one out, one back was probably a better place to be.
"But she runs like that and she got to the Olympics after a hard build up including stress fractures last year, so you can't criticise her."
"It was a pretty courageous effort."
Buckman muscled her way through the pack in her heat before dropping back to find space to cross the finish line in sixth in 4:06.93 to qualify for the semi-final.
History made in the 400m
What truly captured the veteran athletics coach's attention was one of the subsequent events in the Macarana Stadium on Day Nine - the men's 400m sprint, won in a world record time of 43.04s by South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk.
"I'm still over the moon by that 400 metres," West said.
"That was just absolutely amazing, running well under 11 seconds for every hundred."
Bolt's 'win for the good guys'
He also joined the global masses in breathing a sigh of relief at Usain Bolt's third straight Olympic victory in the 100m men's sprint.
"He had to win," West said. "He had to beat the drug cloud of Justin Gatlin. It's a win for the good guys.
"I'm not going to mince my words. Gatlin should not be there. He's served two suspensions for drugs. That's ridiculous.
"Having said that, he got booed and had the whole world against him, and he did bloody good, didn't he?
"My personal view on drugs is if you get caught once you should be banned for life."