Exhausted Goule grateful for tight second place finish

By July 22, 2018

Jamaican long distance runner Natoya Goule could not profit from temporarily escaping the large shadow of South African superstar Caster Semenya, again failing to claim top spot, in the women’s 800, at the London Diamond League on Sunday.

Fresh off a national-record breaking 1:56.15, registered late last week, Goule was among the favourites to claim the gold medal at the Müller Anniversary Games.  The race featured less of her major rivals.  Despite holding a small lead down the stretch, however, the Jamaican was in the end beaten into second spot by the USA’s Ce'Aira Brown. 

Brown stopped the clock with a new personal best of 1:58.57, with Goule second in 1:58.67 a long way from her new PB.  Great Britain’s Lynsey Sharp was third in 1:59.34.

 The race was not without its moment of controversy.  After catching and passing a tiring Goule, Brown seemed to block off the Jamaican who had fought for a comeback with just a few metres left to go. 

The incident was, however, not adjudged to be an infringement and the results were allowed to stand.  Despite claiming second place, Goule, who hinted that fatigued could have been a factor, was satisfied with the result.

“Trust me I'm so happy because I ran two days ago in Monaco and got a huge personal best so I'm amazed with second today. God helped me through and I'm really happy” Goule said after the race.

“It's really different running like that. I have a couple of weeks before the finals and my aims are to get better and make my mark on the finals.”

Kwesi Mugisa

Kwesi has been a sports journalist with more than 10-years’ experience in the field. First as a Sports Reporter with The Gleaner in the early 2000s before he made the almost natural transition to becoming an editor. Since then he has led the revamp of The Star’s sports offering, making it a more engaging and forward-thinking component of the most popular tabloid newspaper in the Caribbean.

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