MICHELLE Jenneke has finished his best ever at a big athletic meeting, lacking bronze in women's 100m hatch final with just 0.1 seconds.
It was not the perfect comeback story and it was not the best performance we've seen from her, but in a moment of great pressure, the 24-year-old delivered a race that will convince the last few remaining doubts that still affected by her early gimmicks and marketing distractions.
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games came to see Jenneke as a Commonwealth Games medal threat. Her race was a play of herself – the hip-swinging jig before the starter's gun was still there, but that was not the reason why fans came to see her Friday night.
She missed a medal of only 0.1 seconds after hit the line for a time of 13.07 seconds.
Jenneke has always been a quick starter – but she would have been shocked to see herself shoulder to shoulder with gold medals Oluwatobiloba Amusan in Nigeria at the 50m hurdle.
Jenneke faded late to fall to fourth and end behind Jamaican couple Danielle Williams Yanique Thompson.
Her race during the heat Thursday morning would have seen her savbrons with only 0.02 seconds.
Her fourth place was somewhere better than Glasgow in 2014 – but there was no Sally Pearson for her to try to match in Carrara Stadium on Friday night.
The maturity of her running left Aussie athletics great and Channel 7 commentator Tamsyn Lewis extremely impressed with Jenneke's pro fessional run.
"She was so close. She got a brilliant start, she focused very well out there and she finished fourth and Beahan finished fifth." What a good rule of our Australian ladies, "Lewis said.
"I'm glad the Australians get to see it. She's a great talented athlete. She's going to show people that she's not just about a dance she can prevent and compete well."
Jenneke ran a Seasonal time of 12.99 seconds to qualify for the final. It was impressive when it was about a year since the 24-year-old has broken the 13-second barrier.
"It's the best we've seen that she's running for a reasonable time," said Bruce McAvaney, Channel 7, 19659003]. It was another chapter in the 24-year-old's incredible rollercoaster comeback after her highly-published matches in the Rio-OL in 2016 – after Coca Cola had made her one of their global ambassadors along with Usain Bolt.
She never made it out of the heat in Brazil.
Australian boxing coach chief consultant Craig Hilliard did not get any words at that time over the hurdler's bad show in Rio and said that Jenneke was out of shape.
She also had her
She says he has never received a cent since.
Her performance on the Gold Coast suggests that there is hope for Jenneke's relationship with Australian officials.
Earlier Friday evening in athletics, Au ssie Ben Harradine finished sixth in his farewell competition followed by Matty Denny (4th) and Mitchell Cooper (5).
Aussie polar wolf Nina Kennedy took bronze with a jump of 4.60m. Canada's Alysha Newman took gold with a vault of 7.75m – setting a new Commonwealth Games record.