When Brielle Erbacher hit the primary steeplechase barrier with three laps to go, she knew she was in bother.
Then she crashed right into a second 200 metres later and fell flat on her face as groans echoed round Alexander Stadium.
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The straightforward choice would have been to cease, however the 23-year-old was decided to complete her debut Commonwealth Games 3000m steeplechase – by any means potential.
First, she stopped hurdling the obstacles and began climbing over them.
As Erbacher slowed up on the obstacles and hauled herself over them solely leaping over the water bounce.
By the ultimate lap, on her final legs, Erbacher was even cautiously stepping over the water bounce, later admitting she simply didn’t need to get “completely drenched”.
From there, the gang and a few of Erbacher’s fellow runners urged the battling 23-year-old over the end line and into an embrace from teammate Amy Cashin, who had come fifth.
“(I’m feeling) pretty shit to be honest. I tried to stick with them and my legs just went,” Erbacher informed reporters.
“I hit a couple of barriers and I just didn’t want to hit any more.
“I’m not sure what happened. I just couldn’t jump. That’s what happens when you start out a bit hard, I guess.
“When it came around that there were still three laps to go, I was like ‘you’re kidding me’, but I wasn’t not going to finish, as hard as it was.”
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Erbacher completed final in 10:59.64, nearly a minute after the second-last runner and practically two minutes after gold medallist Jackline Chepkoech.
It was the primary time in her profession Erbacher had skilled such a disastrous race, however she was adamant pulling the pin had by no means entered her thoughts.
“I reckon it would be weirder to pull out,” she stated.
“It’s easier to finish, get to the line and just walk away with the rest of them instead of crawling off to the side.
“I was definitely going to finish, no matter what. But god it was hard.”
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