The Australian track star’s VERY blunt reaction to missing the 100m hurdles final by an excruciating 0.08 seconds
An Australian hurdler gave a brutally honest answer after heartbreakingly missed the final of her event at the Tokyo Olympics.
Liz Clay finished third in the semifinals of the women’s 100m hurdles, with a personal best of 12.71 seconds.
She then saw the third-placed finishers in two of the other semi-finals go a little faster, pushing her out of the final by an excruciating 0.08 seconds.
“It really hurts, I don’t have much more to say than that,” Clay told Channel Seven right after the race. “To miss 0.08 or so is pretty worthless.”
Australian 100m hurdler missed the final at the Tokyo Olympics by 0.08 seconds
She finished third in her heat, with a personal best of 12.71 seconds, but was knocked to the final by two faster third-place finishes in other semi-finals
Clay’s blunt reaction followed a race marred by false starts.
It took three attempts to get the race going after two false starts, despite none of the participants appearing to break early in the race.
Technology used to measure the pressure a runner puts on the starting blocks to provide early warning of a run stoppage was believed to be the cause of the false starts.
Veteran commentator Bruce McAvaney also criticized officials for the time it took between false starts to reset the race.
“Whatever happens, it has to be resolved because if we have a situation like this in the final of this race or the final of the men’s 100 meters tonight, it will be a disaster,” he said.
“And then a long delay after the break. Too long the six or seven minute delay. This is messy.’
Clay, 26, overcame a series of adversities, including illness and a broken foot, in 2018 to make her Olympic debut in Tokyo.
“It hurts a lot. I know I’m good enough to be there,” she told Seven. “I handled those false starts pretty well, I thought.
“I’m still proud of myself, but I wanted it so badly. I can’t believe I didn’t get there to be honest.’
‘Watch out, in three years I’ll be in the final in Paris.’
Clay had overcome illness and injury to make her Olympic debut at age 26 and said she would be back to make the finals at the Paris Olympics in 2024
Swimmer Emma McKeon led a gold rush for Australia at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday and won the 50m freestyle
Clay’s near miss came when the Australian team won more gold medals in one day than ever before.
Emma McKeon took gold in the women’s 50-meter freestyle, before the women’s relay team (including McKeon) repeated this feat in the 4×100-meter medley relay.
Matt Wearn then added gold by winning the men’s laser sailing event, while Queenslander Logan Martin won the first-ever men’s gold in the new freestyle BMX event.
Australia’s golden day put it in fourth place overall at the end of Sunday, with 14 gold medals.