Hamilton's Camille Buscomb has failed in a last-ditch bid to qualify for the Commonwealth Games 5000 metres, but her coach says this is far from the end of the line for her.
Buscomb set up a second time trial in the space of a week at Porritt Stadium, Hamilton, yesterday but despite being on track after the first 3km a too-fast opening kilometre proved costly in the end.
She clocked 15min 47.44sec, which was 10sec slower than last week's effort at the same venue when she was 5.19sec outside the Glasgow games B qualifying standard with a personal best of 15:37.19.
"Time trial situations put a lot of pressure on you and it is difficult to get them just right," Buscomb's Hamilton coach John Tylden said.
"She went too fast in the first kilometre today and while she felt fine at the time it caught up with her later on."
Tylden said Buscomb, 23, was still a very inexperienced 5000m runner, having only ever raced over the distance once before last November.
"She's only raced over it three or four times plus these time trials so she's really brand new to 5k racing," Tylden said.
In that time she had improved her times dramatically having clocked 16:40 seven months ago after switching from being an 800m/1500m runner who also occasionally ran 3000m.
"It was still a good run today and she's now had five runs under 16 minutes this year which is way ahead of where she was a year ago."
The Games qualifying window closes on Sunday, but Tylden said Buscomb was definitely not folding after not making the time and had plenty ahead of her.
"Camille's got some long-term goals she wants to achieve and she will now concentrate on those," he said.
- Waikato Times