Tokyo Olympics 2020: Camille Buscomb qualifies for Japan after reaching world championship final

Camille Buscomb in action at the IAAF World Championships in Doha.
Camille Buscomb in action at the IAAF World Championships in Doha. Photo credit: Photosport

New Zealand distance runner Camille Buscomb has qualified for next year's Tokyo Olympics a 5000m personal best at the IAAF World Championships in Doha. 

Buscomb finished fifth in her heat in a time of 15m 02.19s to gain one of the automatic qualifying spots for Sunday's final. 

Her run waxs more impressive for the fact she bettered her previous best time by almost 17 seconds.

"It was pretty messy," she said. "There were a lot of girls and the pace wasn't quite fast enough, so everyone was in it.

"There was lots of jostling and clipping heels, but I was just trying to stay relaxed for as long as possible, because I knew to get top you have to finish really strong. 

"My goal was to have energy with three laps to go, because I knew that I had to basically kick, because if I couldn't kick I would get passed and I would not be in the top five."

Her time was enough to qualify for next year's Olympics in Tokyo under the entry standard of 15m 10s. 

Earlier this week, the 29-year-old also secured a spot at the Olympics in the 10,000m, after finishing 12th overall in 31m 13.20s. 

Meanwhile, Madison-Lee Wesche failed to make the final of the women's shot put, finishing 25th overall. 

The 20-year-old managed a best of 17.22m

"It was intense out there, exciting," she said. "I felt really good coming into it.

"Wasn't my best throws and not what I was after, but we've got some things to learn from today."