Camille Buscomb gave it everything in the heats of the 5000m following her disappointment in the 10,000m five days earlier, but after leading for the first four laps drifted to the rear when the pace went on after 3000m.

Needing to finish in the first five or the next five fastest times Buscomb had to be satisfied with 16th place in 15:40.41. Overall she was 30th from the two heats.

The twenty seven year old, three times New Zealand 5000m champion, from Hamilton, has a personal best of 15:19.81 from two months ago in the Netherlands.

Buscomb said she wanted to be in a position to have a chance over the second half.

"I wasnt intending on leading but I wanted to be in a position near the front because I just knew that was really my only chance to feel good and part of it and I thought maybe I could have hung on as long as possible, and thats what I did I just hung on but I didnt have it," she said.

Buscomb said that she put a lot of work in to get to the championships.

"I wasnt at the level to qualify for the championships so I had to push as much as I could early on in the season to get to the next level and it is hard to maintain that level without having a bit of a lull.

"My legs have been pretty heavy for the last couple of months with all the training has definitely taken a toll on my body at the moment.

"Im not feeling super amazing at the moment. Ive made big jumps early on in the season and its really hard to hold through," she said.

However the experience has been an asset for the future.

"Ill learn a lot from this, it was pretty daunting in the 10k and I felt a little more in control today.

"Im still really happy to be here and to bounce back from the 10k. I didnt run super-fast as the last part of the race I was on my own. I freshened up as much as I could to give myself every chance to do my best and thats all you can really ask for," she added.

"Im going to go back home, have a rest and then start building up for the Comm Games."

Her breakthrough in 5000m running came in April 2015 when she improved her personal best by 50 seconds before going on to gain the silver medal in the 5000m at the World University Games in Korea.

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