'˜Heartbroken' Sarah McDonald dramatically reinstated to Commonwealth Games 1500m final
Sarah McDonald WILL compete in the women's 1500m final at the Commonwealth Games '“ after she was dramatically reinstated.
McDonald, from Cleadon, was heartbroken after finishing fifth in her heat in 4:09.54 to miss out on a spot in the final.
However, an appeal was lodged concerning Kenya’s Winny Chebet falling into her path earlier in the race, which was successful, and as a result the 24-year-old gets a place in Tuesday’s final.
McDonald wrote on Instagram: “It’s been an emotional evening – but relieved to say that after the Kenyan fell in front of me, I’ve been advanced to tomorrow evening’s final.
“Glad to be able to take to the track again – thanks for all the support.”
Earlier, speaking immediately after the heat, McDonald had been unable to hide her disappointment.
She said: “It’s frustrating as I know I’m in really good shape and to not pull out one of my best runs, it’s heartbreaking really.
“I raced last week in Brisbane and that went really well. I just thought I’d have more coming into the home straight but there was four in front of me and I had to move round.
“I’ll need to talk to my coach and see what happened.”