Newly crowned world high jump champion Eleanor Patterson said she didn’t turn up as she claimed a silver medal in Birmingham.
Having cleared 2.02m in Eugene a fortnight or so ago, Patterson failed in her three attempts at 1.95m at the Commonwealth Games.
“Maybe I need to adjust to that expectation title that’s attached to my name,” she told ABC Sport.
“I honestly think that there’s no excuses though. I’m world champion, but who cares. I’m still gonna come out and perform every time.
“I didn’t turn up and I didn’t do what I was supposed to do.
“I hold myself accountable for this. This is on me and there’s no excuses under the sun that can explain as to why I didn’t show up.”
Brutal assessment, but world champions tend to be fairly self-critical.
Jamaica’s Lamara Distin claimed gold.