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Pole vaulter Alana Boyd fails to reach heights of summer

WHATEVER could go wrong, did go wrong for Commonwealth pole vault champion Alana Boyd as she appeared for the first time in an Olympic final in London today.

Boyd, the daughter of Commonwealth Games gold medallists Ray Boyd and Denise Robertson, fought her way into the final by making a series of clutch clearances in the qualifying round, but that power deserted her in the final.

She struggled from the beginning, taking three attempts to clear her first height at 4.3m, almost half a metre below her personal best of 4.76m, and was eliminated at the next height.

Her discomfort was compounded when she was timed out on her second attempt at 4.45m and aborted her third attempt before running through the mats. Her only clearance left her 11th in the competition.

“I really thought I could jump and be competitive with those girls,” Boyd said. “Conditions weren’t fantastic (variable wind), but nonetheless I wasn’t able to put together the pressure jumps I did in qualifying.”

Boyd fought for her composure as she described her frustration at failing to reproduce her form from the summer, which would have put her in the medal hunt.

“For whatever reason, I’ve got more work to do,” Boyd said.

“That is the frustrating part (being so good in February) because it is there. It wasn’t just a one-off, I didn’t just jump 4.76m, I jumped 4.71m in the same competition.

“It’s all there and that’s the frustrating thing for me.”

Her teammate Lauren Boden also had a dramatic night on the track in the 400m hurdles semi-finals, where she was disqualified for not bringing her trailing leg over a hurdle, but was reinstated on appeal. She had finished last in her semi-final in 56.66sec.

By:  NICOLE JEFFERY

From:  http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/london-games/alana-boyd-fails-to-reach-heights-of-summer/story-fne39yqs-1226445085112

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