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.”