WAIS pole vaulter Alana Boyd competed in the womenís pole
vault final on day 10 of the 2012 London Olympic Games, finishing 11thwith a best clearance of 4.30m.
In swirly conditions Boyd struggled to get into her
groove and was knocked out at 4.45m after a third attempt clearance at 4.30m
was the Australian record holders best mark.
Boydís first attempt at 4.45m was her best with the
Commonwealth Games champion launching over the bar, only to clip the bar on her
decent. The weather conditions played havoc with the entire field, with
un-backable pre-Games favourite Yelena Isinbayeva only able to clear 4.70m on
count back for third, despite having a personal best of over 5m.
The gold was won by American Jennifer Suhr on a countback
Despite the weather conditions, Boyd was making no
excuses for her final, admitting she never felt comfortable on the runway.
"The wind wasnít fantastic for pole vaulting but none-the
less I wasnít able to put together the pressure jumps like I did in qualifying.
I donít know why but my jump just wasnít solid enough,Ē she explained.
"Iím not happy. I really thought I could go out there and
be competitive with those girls. I proved that in the domestic season I can
jump heights that would be really competitive. The frustrating thing for me and
my coach and my family is, itís all there.Ē
Boyd who missed the final on her Olympic debut in Beijing
made history then becoming the first Australian to join both parents as
Olympians. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Boyd won gold in the pole vault
joining parents Ray (pole vault, 1982) and Denise (200m, 1978) as an individual
Commonwealth Games title-holder, the first time the feat has been achieved by the
son or daughter of a gold medal-winning couple in Australian history.