Sakari Famous bemoans approach as she misses out on high jump final
Sakari Famous has been left to rue technical issues with her approach after missing out on qualification in the Commonwealth Games high jump.
The 22-year-old, competing in her first major Games, immediately cleared 1.71 metres and then went on to have a successful attempt at 1.76, but was unable to clear the qualifying height of 1.81 in three attempts.
Famous, who has a personal best of 1.84, admitted she lacked consistency in her approach, as she settled for an eighth-place finish in her group, with the 12 qualifiers all successfully reaching the qualification mark.
“I just had a few mishaps with the approach,” she said. “Trusting it is very important. That was the main issue.
“Your approach is the most important thing. When it’s right, it can get you over a height of 1.81 and above.
“It is just those little minor things that need to be fixed.
“1.81 is definitely there for me. Consistency matters and once I get that, it will be all good.”
Despite the disappointment on missing out on a place in the final, Famous reflected on a valuable and memorable experience in front of a capacity crowd at the Alexandra Stadium in Birmingham.
“I can’t remember the last time I experienced a crowd like this,” she added. “Being able to hear everybody all at the same time.
“When they clap for you as you make your approach, it’s like, ‘Oh my God, is this really happening?’ I was really appreciative to be in this atmosphere. The energy was amazing.”