15 April, 2018, 12:00 am
FIJI’S top high jumper Shawntell Lockington failed to make the mark of 1.60 metres in the final of the women’s high jump in the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast in Australia.
Lockington, 16, was given three attempts to make the mark of 1.60m but she failed on all her attempts.
“I know I have done my best and I did not jump to my potential because I am carrying an injury on my leg,” she said after her event.
“There were a lot of people who were expecting a lot from me, but I could not deliver. I have a long time to rest and another contributing factor could be the pressure.
“It was a great experience to be with the professional athletes from all around the world. My leg is always wrapped up, but it is not an excuse. I know I could have done better, but I do not know what happened.”
Lockington said she was hoping to represent Fiji again in the future.
“I am getting a lot of treatment on my leg and by the time for the next Pacific Games I hope to get into the team if they (Athletics Fiji) are willing to take me again,” she said.
“I hope some people can understand me that coming here and competing is not an easy thing competing in front of so many people.”
The Commonwealth Games ends today.