Grafton-born Zoe Buckman has qualified fastest for the women's 1500m at the World Championships in Moscow, Russia. She is pictured winning the women’s 1500 metres during the Sydney track Classic at Sydney Olympic Park on February 18, 2012.
Grafton-born Zoe Buckman has qualified fastest for the women's 1500m at the World Championships in Moscow, Russia. She is pictured winning the women’s 1500 metres during the Sydney track Classic at Sydney Olympic Park on February 18, 2012. Mark Nolan

Grafton's Buckman impresses on way to world 1500m final

Grafton-born Zoe 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 in Moscow.

The 24 year old trained at the ACT Academy of Sport as a teenager before being picked spotted by scouts from the University of Oregon. 

Her Olympic campaign caught the imagination of junior Clarence Valley athletes last year, where she clocked a new personal best time on her way to the semi finals.

One news outlet is asking if Buckman could be Australia's next Cathy Freeman.

Buckman will run in the final on Thursday night local time (3.20am Friday morning AEST).

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