Eleanor Patterson admitted the feeling was “bittersweet” after settling for silver in the women’s high jump final at the Commonwealth Games.
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“It’s very bittersweet. I didn’t put on a show,” she said.
“Lamara (Distin) was the best athlete on the day. I am so proud of her.
But I was very upset with myself. I came here today and did not present how I could do it as usual.
After stunning the world by becoming the first Australian to win women’s high jump gold at the World Athletics Championships, Patterson was a raging favourite.
Australian and Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Nicola Ollislagers has received another boost in her chances of taking gold in Birmingham after she was sidelined with a calf injury.
Jamaican Lamara Distin had other ideas: Patterson failed to match three attempts at 1.95m in the first round of qualifying.
That mark was seven centimeters short of Patterson’s impressive effort at the World Athletics Championships, making it difficult for the Australian to match.
“I’ve had a bit of ankle pain but that’s no excuse,” she added.
“I was struggling to find my rhythm a little bit and I wasn’t bright enough, I don’t know. It’s disappointing.
“I’m just mad at my own ability.”