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Aussie 1500m star aims for Olympic medal

2019年8月17日 / by admin

Rising middle distance star Zoe Buckman isn’t one to set any limits on what she can achieve in the coming years.

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Last year, the 25-year-old was the nation’s surprise packet of the track when she became the first Australian female to make the 1500m final at a world championships.

Buckman was in the hunt for a medal before fading late to finish seventh.

Now, Buckman has set her sights on claiming gold at this year’s Commonwealth Games, and a podium finish at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

“If you think of just getting any medal, then you’re setting yourself a ceiling,” Buckman says of her bid to win Commonwealth gold.

“Why should you sell yourself short?

“The best athletes are the ones that look confident. They don’t seem to be burdened by anything.

“I improved between the London Games and Moscow (world championships) because I got a bit stronger.

“In Moscow I was up there with a medal chance until about 150m to go.

“I think I genuinely didn’t have as much strength as the girls who stormed home to take the medals.

“With time, that will come with gradual improvements in training and my technique.

“Most female athletes peak in their late 20s to early 30s. I’d say my career will stretch until my early 30s.”

Buckman will be in action on Saturday night when she competes at the Perth Track Classic.

Olympic gold medal hurdler Sally Pearson is the headline act, while other high-profile Australians in action include Kim Mickle (javelin) and sprint queen Melissa Breen.

Breen set a new Australian woman’s record for the 100m with a time of 11.11 earlier this month, breaking Melinda Gainsford-Taylor’s 20-year-old mark.

Pearson will also compete in the 100m flat, and hopes to break the 11-second barrier at some point in the coming years.

Internationals on show at the Perth Track Classic include dual Olympic gold medallist Felix Sanchez (400m hurdles), Beijing Olympic 400m champion LaShawn Merritt and mile specialist James Magut.

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