Danny McFarlane edged put for Olympic Medal
Posted by Dresonic on August 19, 2008
BEIJING, China – IT was a case of “So close, but yet so far” for Jamaica’s Danny McFarlane and Kenia Sinclair on yesterday’s fourth day of track and field competition in the final of the men’s 400m hurdle and women’s 800m at the Olympic Games at the Bird’s Nest Stadium here.
Both athletes were within medal contention with 100m metres remaining in their respective events as they sought to increase Jamaica’s tally of medals from two golds and two silvers, but failed.
McFarlane, the 2004 silver medallist from Athens, who occupied third position in the one-lap obstacle race with one hurdle to clear, was passed by Bershawn Jackson (48.06secs) in the dying moments of the race to sweep the medals for the United States.
McFarlane crossed the line in a season best 48.30secs in fourth behind Sydney 2000 champion Angelo Taylor 47.25 and 2007 world champion Kerron Clement 47.98.
“The last hurdle momentum kind of messed me up,” McFarlane said after the race. “I could tell from three strides out that my body was a little bit too (leaned) back and for a split second I kind of lost focus, which threw me off,” the 36-year-old added.
Olympic debutante Markino Buckley, who produced career best times of 48.65 and 48.50, respectively, in the heats and semi-final, finished seventh in the championship race with 48.60 seconds.
Meanwhile, national 800m record holder Sinclair’s valiant effort in the women’s half-mile final was only good enough for sixth as the Kenyan pair of Pamela Jelimo and Janeth Jepkosgei collected gold and silver.
The former won the event in a world junior record of 1:54.87 just under two seconds ahead of last year’s world champion Jepkosgei (1:56.07) and Moroccan Hasna Benhassi (1:56.73secs).
Sinclair stopped the clock at 1:56.24 (season best) after fading from third in the last 80 metres. The former St Jago star paid for keeping up with the sizzling pace set by Jepkosgei at the 400m mark of 55.41secs and 1:24.03secs at the 600 metres by the long striding winner Jelimo.
“I realised we went out too fast, the pace was 25 seconds (at 200 metres) and 1:24 (at 600 metres).so it was a little bit too tough for me. But I knew if I wanted to finish with a medal I had to go with the Kenyans to have a shot at a medal,” Sinclair reasoned.
“I just wasn’t strong enough at the end, the rest of the field all caught up with me,” explained the self-coached athlete.
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