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Australian Zoe Buckman sits just off the lead with 800m of the 1500m final to run. She eventually placed seventh. Onsando Obiri of Kenya pictured was third and Jennifer Simpson of the United States second. Gold was won by Abeba Aregawi of Sweden at Luzhniki Stadium on August 15, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

ATHLETICS: The outstanding performance of Zoe Buckman (Vic) at these IAAF World Championships has ended with a strong 7th in the final of the women’s 1500m.

Jared Tallent of Australia wins the 50km Walk bronze medal on Day Five of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships at Luzhniki Stadium on August 14, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

ATHLETICS: Three-time Olympic medallist Jared Tallent has delivered a performance even better than his surname suggests at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow

(L-R) Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon of Kenya and Zoe Buckman of Australia lead the field in the Women's 1500 metres semi final during Day Four of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships on August 13, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

ATHLETICS: Australia will field its first ever women’s 1500m finalist at the IAAF World Championships after Zoe Buckman (ACT) smashed her personal best to win her semi-final in Moscow.

Dane Bird-Smith of Australia competes in the Men's 20km Race Walk final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships on August 11, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. The Queenslander placed 11th.

ATHLETICS: Up and coming walking wunderkind Dane Bird-Smith (Qld) has finished a remarkable 11th in the men’s 20km race walk on debut at the IAAF World Championships.

Jessica Trengove of Australia and Sonia Samuels of Great Britain run past The Kremlin as they competes in the Women's Marathon during Day One of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013. Trengove placed 11th for best finish by a female Australian at a world championships.

ATHLETICS: Jess Trengove (SA) has finished a stunning 11th in the women’s marathon in Moscow (RUS) to become the toast of Australian distance running.

Brandon Starc of NSWIS clears 2.28m at the Athletics Nationals to secure selection for the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.

ATHLETICS: Having ended a long Australian drought in men's high jumping, teenager Brandon Starc will be front and centre for one of the best events at the world athletics championships.

Sally Pearson of Australia poses for a portrait during an Adidas press conference at the Grand Marriott Hotel ahead of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships on August 7, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

ATHLETICS: After having her aura of invincibility sorely tested during a string of recent defeats, Sally Pearson is feeling like her old self again.

Sally Pearson of Australia crosses the line win the Women's 100m Hurdles during day two of the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games - IAAF Diamond League 2013 at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on July 27, 2013 in London, England.

ATHLETICS: Sally Pearson breathed a big sigh of relief after making a triumphant return to the London Olympic stadium by winning the 100m hurdles at the Diamond League Anniversary Games.

Sally Pearson celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women's 100m Hurdles Final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

Australian hurdler Sally Pearson returns to London's Olympic stadium where she won gold a year ago hoping "happy memories" will spark a return to form ahead of next month's IAAF World Championships.

Kimberley Mickle of Western Australia competes in the Women Javelin Throw Open during the Adelaide Track Classic at Santos Stadium on February 16, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia.

ATHLETICS: Javelin thrower Kim Mickle has forced her way into world title calculations with a personal best effort to win the silver medal at the Diamond League meeting in Paris.