‘Devastated’ Thomas optimistic for future 

Nanjing Night Net

TASMANIAN hurdler Tristan Thomas was unable to match his stunning performance in the heats as he went out of the 400-metre hurdles in the semi-finals.

The 26-year-old had run a season-best 49.13 to qualify fifth fastest for the semi-finals but in front of 80,000 spectators at another sold-out Olympic Stadium could only clock 50.55.

It saw him finish seventh having again been drawn with his heat winner, Puerta Rico’s two-time world championship silver medallist Javier Culson, and US defending Olympic champion Angelo Taylor.

“It’s hard coming across as though you’re not devastated,” Thomas said.

“I really wanted to give it a crack and felt really good before the race but it’s really hard when you’ve under-performed not to make excuses.

“But when you get the heat of death and it produces six of the top eight times you kind of want to wake up the next morning, look at the semis and see something nice.

“When you get the same deal with the Olympic champion chucked in you ask what have I done to peeve off the big feller upstairs?”

Thomas admitted he was disappointed he could not back up his first round performance but would take away fond memories of his debut Olympic experience.

“The opening ceremony was something you have to do, it was fun walking onto the track, but the biggest thing for me was when I walked out yesterday and saw the wave of people going nuts,” he said.

“Today showed just how much you really need to get a good winter of solid base work done in order to back up.

“With that, I think I might be able to produce some really good performances.

“I’m really proud to have made the Olympics off the back of what is basically six months of specific hard training and if I can do that without doing the work I really want to do in winter then there’s no reason why I can’t come out here again, handle it better and get back to where I want to be.”

Tristan Thomas in the 400m hurdle heats.

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