Eleanor Patterson high jump, medal, result, video, reaction, Lamara Distin wins gold for Jamaica

Eleanor Patterson high jump, medal, result, video, reaction, Lamara Distin wins gold for Jamaica

Eleanor Patterson admitted it was a “bittersweet” feeling after she ended up setting for silver in the women’s high jump final at the Commonwealth Games.

The term ‘setting’ is not usually the right one when it comes to silver medals but even Patterson herself conceded it was a disappointing result when speaking with Channel 7 post race.

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Australia’s Eleanor Patterson reacts after the women’s high jump final athletics event. (Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP)Source: AFP

“It’s bittersweet. I didn’t perform,” she said.

“Lamara (Distin) was the best athlete on the day. I’m really impressed by her and proud of her.

“But I am just quite frustrated with myself. I did not come here today and perform how I know I can and how I usually do.”

Patterson was the raging favorite after stunning the world by becoming the first Australian to win the women’s high jump gold at the World Athletics Championship.

Her chances of taking home gold in Birmingham only received another boost when fellow Australian and Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Nicola Olyslagers pulled out with a calf injury.

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Jamaican Lamara Distin had other ideas though, setting the tone with a first-round clearance at 1.95m that Patterson could not match with three attempts.

That mark was seven centimeters less than Patterson’s stunning effort at the World Athletics Championship, which made it harder to take for the Australian.

“I’ve had a bit of a sore ankle but that’s no excuse,” she added.

“I was struggling to get my rhythm a little bit and wasn’t switched on enough, I don’t know. It’s frustrating.

“I’m just angry at my own performance.”

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