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Despite elimination, Australian Alexander Rowe was in high spirits following his 800m World Championship semi-final in Moscow. The Victorian finished in sixth place in the first of three semi-finals with a clocking of 1:45.80, marginally quicker than the 1:45.96 he recorded in his first round heat yesterday.

“I’m very happy with how I backed up” declared an evidently proud Rowe afterwards. “Its another time under 1:46 so I’m obviously very pleased with that. It’s strange because going into these championships I wanted to make the semi final, and now that I’ve achieved that its wonderful, but at the same time I’m definitely wanting so much more.”

Alexander Rowe

After spending the first 500m sitting at the back of the field, the 21 year old made a strong move down the back straight, before running out of gas in the closing stages. “I went a bit hard down the back but if I was going to make the final I needed to do something. I needed to make a big move. It just didn’t pay off but I would rather have done that and stuffed up than to have sat in and to have never given myself a shot.”

With just the first two from each semi-final and the two fastest losers guaranteed progression to Tuesday’s final, qualification was always going to be tough for the St Kevins AC athlete who was competing in his first major championship. However, he believes the experience has been a very positive one and that it will benefit him over the next couple of years.

“I’m definitely so hungry to hopefully come back next year for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and also the Worlds in two years time and challenge for a place in the final and run in the big races because I’ve got a taste for it now and I really want to make the next step. I’ve felt that in this European campaign I’ve really made that step in my running career and now I’m hungrier than ever to make the next step again.”

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