Courtney runs to 9th in 5,000m

Women's 5000m

Melissa Courtney (Rob Denmark) put in another gutsy performance in the Women's 5000m on the last day of track and field action at the Carrara Stadium. The race started out steadily in hot temperatures, but the Kenyan World Champion, Hellen Obiri, began to push the pace on as the race moved past 2km. Melissa stayed in contention in the main group alongside the other home nations athletes, but in the closing laps, the race stretched out and Obiri pulled away to take Gold, with Compatriot Margaret Kipkemboi in Silver and England's Laura Weightman picking up Bronze. Sticking to her task, Melissa came in 9th in a time of 15:46 and can walk away very proud of her two performances on the Gold Coast and with that Bronze medal from the 1500m to treasure.

Speaking afterwards, Melissa had mixed emotions "I came out here with the 5k as a priority, hoping for top 6 and with the Welsh Record in my sights, but it wasn't to be. I never expected the 1500m Bronze so i've got to be so happy with that. The conditions were tougher out there than I thought even having trained in Kenya and prepared well out here, the slow early pace didn't suit me. I'll turn my attentions to the Europeans now, and will wait and see how the season goes before I have to decide whether to do the 1500m or 5000m there."

Melissa Courtney

9th place for Melissa in the 5000m Final

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Cardiff International Sports Stadium
Leckwith Road
Cardiff. CF11 8AZ.

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