But in the press conference the following day, talk of Chernova was absent, as if she was not even in the competition, it was all about the loss, and what affect this would have on the Olympic result.
I’ve come away from the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul with mixed feelings. Jessica performed incredibly well, but also a little below par. What I can take away is 7.91 seconds in the 60m Hurdles, the fastest ever time run in an Indoor pentathlon, and a time that would have finished 2nd in the individual event. A personal best in the shot putt, an Indoor 800m PB and the 5th fastest ever run in Pentathlon history. A personal best pentathlon score, a National record of 4965 points, the 3rd best score of all-time. Again a rising performance profile.
Whether you lose to a world record or lose by a point the overriding fact is, that you lose. In the end history will count for nothing when the Olympics start and everyone will start with zero points.
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