9 August 2017
Hough close to qualification – World Champs days 3 to 5 NSW Wrap
Five NSW athletes found the going tough at the IAAF world championships on days three, four and five. High hurdler, Nick Hough, who had missed qualification for the Rio Olympics, was back in top form just missing progression to the semi-final in London. On the roads, Rio marathon star, Milly Clark placed 24th in the marathon.
In the leadup to the world championships Nick Hough (SYU) was in tremendous form, clocking his second fastest time ever, ensuring his automatic qualification for his second world championships campaign. As he lined up in the fifth and final heat on day three, he needed either to qualify automatically with a top-four finish or earn one of the four fastest times which stood at 13.48, 13.52, 13.56 and 13.56. Running in the outside lane he was impressive, placing fifth in 13.61, missing a place by just 0.05 seconds.
“Narrowly missed the semi-finals, but still reasonably happy with my performance at the end of a long European campaign,” Hough wrote on facebook. “I ended up 27th overall (and was ranked 31st coming into it). My season is not quite finished! I head to Taipei in two weeks for one last competition at the World University Games. Stay Tuned.”
In a record breaking performance by our marathon women’s Milly Clark (SYU) was the third Aussie across the line in an excellent 24th 2:35.27. With three athletes in the top-25, it was the best Australian women’s results at a world championships or Olympics. It reflects the current depth in Australian women’s marathoning. But for Clark, who was the first Australian across the line in Rio, she was disappointed, but philosophical when writing on instagram.
“We are the sum of all experiences - good & bad. For reasons perhaps out of my control unfortunately the body did not match the mind yesterday. I gave everything I had and while I wake with heavy legs and a heavy heart today - I am genuinely grateful to have been given the chance to add another experience to my growing sum. I can learn to be better. I wouldn't be here without my wonderful family, friends and @jimbofitz369 - thank you ❤️ both @jess_tren and @diversinead deserve every bit of praise for their incredible runs and pure grit. I appreciate the amazing support from everyone to get me here • #london2017 #iaaf #marathon.”
In the men’s marathon, NSW’s two representatives, both relatively inexperienced with the only two to finish. Former steeplechaser, Jack Colearvy (SYU), in just his third marathon placed 45th in 2:21.44, while Brad Milosevic (GIR) was 60th in a time of 2:25.14.
This morning in London, Ella Nelson (SYU) lined up in the 200m heats. Unfortunately, she was unable to reverse her recent form, placing 7th in 24.02. But it was good to see her looking forward, as she noted on twitter.
“But seriously, this year was tough on so many levels. Cannot wait to bounce back bigger, better, (and most importantly) FASTER next yr. ❤️”
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletic NSW
Image: Nick Hough and Milly Clark (Image courtesy of Getty Images)