WAIS athlete Kim Mickle has missed out on a spot in the
womenís javelin final after failing to finish inside the top 12 in qualifying
on her Olympic debut.
Mickle came into the tournament in career best form, but
after a first up effort of 59.23m she waned, and was unable to reach the
automatic qualifying measure of 62m.
Kathryn Mitchell was the only Australian athlete to
squeeze out of the qualification round and into the final. Mitchell scraped
through with a throw of 60.11m, but compatriot Mickle threw well below her best
and missed the final.
Mickleís best throw was almost five metres below her
personal best from this season and the Commonwealth Games silver medallist
admitted she wasnít sure what went wrong.
"I donít know what to say I feel like Iím going to wake
up from a bad dream...all my worst nightmares,Ē a devastated Mickle said.
"Itís hugely unfortunate. I actually felt amazing out
"It wasnít the fact I wasnít ready for it. Iím in the
shape of my life. Iíve been so confident. I just believed it was going to
happen. I had no doubt I was going to throw big.
"I couldnít have imagined a worse outcome. I was so
pumped and energetic and just rushed my throw I think. Maybe I tried too hard.Ē