26 August 2015
World Championships: Day 5 morning review – Hough makes world champs debut
On the morning of day five of the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, Nick Hough (SYU), competing for the first occasion in the hurdles in a global senior event, performed well, clocking 13.69 to place sixth in his heat. He was just 0.08 seconds and a few places short of progressing to the semi-final.
“I got an okay start. I was up with them then I think I hit about hurdle four and dropped back a bit,” Hough said.
“There were two big guys either side of me and I got a bit cramped. Crashed through a few more but still finished okay, but it was not as good as I was hoping for. The main goal for me is the Olympics in Rio next year. So with the same standard as the Olympics, it is great to come out and race against these guys and know what it takes to get through to the next round. Definitely a good experience and I will take some good things away from it.”
In April, Hough won the national title in 13.42, where he progressed to the number two in Australian history and ran the fastest times by an Aussie for a decade.
“It has been a great season and the obvious goal was to get the standard for here which I achieved in the last race of the domestic season with a pb. The aim was to replicate that over here and I didn’t quite get that. I go back to base training now and prepare for next season and try and get that time down a lot further.”
But he is confident he has room for progression.
“Technically I’m not the best hurdler, so technically there are lots of places for improvement. I’ve made some good improvements in the last couple of weeks, but they probably came too late to cement them into my race. Definitely working on position over the hurdle and getting down quicker. There’s definitely a couple by tenths there.”
Action continues tonight in the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, with Queenslander Alana Boyd and Sydney’s Ella Nelson in action.
21:00 AEST Pole Vault Final Alana Boyd
21:15 AEST 200m heats Ella Nelson
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David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Nick Hough (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)