Sarah Brown’s odyssey to Moscow ended Tuesday.
The former University of Tennessee standout finished 10th in her 1,500 meter semifinal and did not advance to the finals at the world track and field championships.
Brown, who lives in Knoxville, had a time of 4 minutes, 12.16 seconds.
American teenager Mary Cain become the youngest finalist ever in the event, placing fourth in the first semifinal in 4:05.21 to advance to Thursday’s final. Jenny Simpson was third at 4:05.79 in Brown’s semifinal to also advance.
“You know, that was interesting with a lot of jockeying, repositioning, a lot of running in lane two, lane three,” Brown said. “I just couldn’t have the pop. I’m just so grateful to be here and have this opportunity. I mean that was an awful race for me, but it wasn’t like I wasn’t trying. I was trying my hardest and it just wasn’t there today.”
Brown was a late addition to the U.S. team. She had to rush to New York on Friday from Massachusetts where she was scheduled to run the Falmouth Mile on Saturday in order to get her visa approved and then catch a flight to Russia for Sunday’s opening round.
Brown wrote on Twitter: It’s been an emotional but thrilling journey! Thanks for all the love! #moscow2013
LaShawn Merritt of the United States reclaimed the world title in the men’s 400, pulling away from the pack early and winning by more than half a second in 43.74. American teammate Tony McQuay earned the silver in 44.40.
Nick Symmonds was second in the 800, giving the U.S. the highest medal in that event ever at worlds.