Australia’s Alana Boyd says she produced a “messy” performance and feels her 11th-place finish in the pole vault final at the world athletics championships in Beijing is a “missed opportunity”.

Boyd successfully cleared 4.60 metres but clipped the bar when it was raised to 4.70m on all three occasions in what was a highly competitive final.

Cuba’s Yarisley Silva won gold with 4.90m, finishing ahead of Brazil’s Fabiana Murer (4.85m) and Greek Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou (4.80m).

Seven women cleared 4.70m and Boyd was unlucky not to add herself to that group after her near misses at 4.70m, which is six centimetres outside her national record.

The 31-year-old felt she had not given the best account of herself and rued the chance not to record a top-eight finish.

“There definitely is more there and it was messy and it wasn’t technically my best jumping,” Boyd said.

“So I guess that is exciting but again frustrating because I guess it is a missed opportunity too. ”



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