Wings on her feet
By TANIA PHILLIPS
A DISASTROUS three years has had a silver lining for Tweed runner Melissa Rollison after she clinched second place in an exciting women's 3000m steeplechase at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne last night.
Just six months ago it looked like the career of the former Goodwill Games gold medallist and junior 3000 world record holder may be over due to re-occuring leg injuries but last night she was the silver queen of the MCG.
The 22-year-old runner finished second behind world champion Dorcus Inzikuru after challenging the Ugandan for most of the race.
Starting in the second lane close to the middle of the field, Rollison was sitting in the middle of the pack for most of the first lap.
But from the determined look on her face, it was clear that she did not intend to stay there.
She moved to the outside and was in a pack of five including the two other Australians, Vic- toria Mitchell and Donna McFarlane (who eventually held on to finish third).
Watched by her cheering Tweed-based parents and siblings, Rollison and Inzlkuru eventually pulled away from the rest of the field and were going stride for stride.
She looked cool and relaxed and answered every challenge the world champion Inzikuru threw at her.
However a bad jump on the back of the track proved her undoing and the Ugandan was able to pull away to claim the gold.
"It is great to get a medal," she said straight after the race.
"I would have like to win it but it is just great to get a medal."
She said it had been good to have the world champion in the race to push her along.
It signalled that the runner, who has been a fixture running around the streets of the Tweed for best part of a decade, is back and ready to take on the world.