Australian high jumper Eleanor Patterson says she didn’t perform at her best in the Commonwealth Games final.
Patterson won gold in the high jump at the Athletics World Championships in Oregon just late July and she admitted such a big win just before the Commonwealth Games may have had an impact.
But she congratulated Jamaica’s Lamara Distin for her gold medal win and said she would come back stronger in the remaining events this year and, hopefully, the Diamond League finals.
“It’s bittersweet. I didn’t perform,” Patterson told Channel Seven.
“Lamara was the best athlete on the day. I’m impressed with her and I’m proud of her but I am quite frustrated with myself as I didn’t come here today and perform like I usually do.”
Patterson said she didn’t know what had put her off so badly in Birmingham.
“I’ve had a bit of a sore ankle but no excuses. I was struggling to get my rhythm, I wasn’t switched on enough. I don’t know, it’s just really frustrating. I wasn’t doing my best,” Patterson told Channel Seven.
“There is that come down but I put myself up to a really high standard and I should be able to perform and I didn’t so hats off to Lamara for taking out the gold.
“I’m human. It’s a frustrating day for me. I’m angry at my own performance.”