Kathryn Mitchell has progressed through to the women's javelin final.
Kathryn Mitchell has progressed through to the women's javelin final. Getty Images Sport - Cameron Spencer

Mitchell best of the Aussies

IT WAS a disappointing day 11 morning session for three of the four Australian track and field athletes in action at the Olympic Stadium.

Javelin thrower Kathryn Mitchell was the only athlete to squeeze out of the qualification round and into the final. Mitchell scraped through with a throw of 60.11m, but compatriot Kim Mickle threw below her best and missed the final.

Mickle was almost five metres below her personal best this season with a throw of 59.23m.

"I don't know what to say I feel like I'm going to wake up from a bad dream...all my worst nightmares," a devastated Mickle said.

"It's hugely unfortunate. I actually felt amazing out there.

"It wasn't the fact I wasn't ready for it. I'm in the shape of my life. I've been so confident. I just believed it was going to happen. I had no doubt I was going to throw big.

"I couldn't have imagined a worse outcome. I was so pumped and energetic and just rushed my throw I think. Maybe I tried too hard."

Henry Frayne also was not able to triple jump far enough to make his first Olympic final with a leap of 16.40m and Eloise Wellings was well back in the 5,000m heat.


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