Young sprinter Riley Day was so astonished at her sensational 200m run that she said ‘holy s***’ on live TV after the race.
The 21-year-old Queenslander was in lane eight for the women’s 200m semi-finals on Monday night.
She finished fourth and smashed her own personal best with an incredible time of 22.56, but narrowly missed out on a spot in the finals.
But Day, who pushed herself so hard she almost made herself sick in the heats, was all smiles in her post-race interview with Bruce McAvaney from the Seven Network.
Pictured: Riley Day, 21, being interviewed by Network Seven after her 200m semi-final
Pictured: Riley Day runs in her heat of the women’s 200-meters at the 2020 Summer Olympics
Pictured: Riley Day of Team Australia and Gina Bass of Team Gambia compete in round one of the Women’s 200m heats on day ten of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
‘Holy s***,’ she puffed.
‘That was a much better race than this morning. I’ve got my groove. Now I hope it’s the fastest heat so I can get in the final. Because that is a massive PB. That’s awesome.’
The rising star is now number eight in Australia, but says she is still striving to be number one.
‘I want to be the best and I’m going to stop at nothing to be the best,’ she said.
Pictured: Riley Day of Team Australia competes in round one of the Women’s 200m heats on day ten of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Earlier on Monday, Day overcame some pre-race nerves during her first Olympic Games
Earlier on Monday, Day overcame some pre-race nerves to claim the third automatic qualifying spot in her opening-round heat with a time of 22.94 seconds.
‘I was trying to just remember that it is just a race,’ she told Seven.
‘The Olympics isn’t going to change how fit I am, how fast I am and how well I run.
‘If anything it can make me lift even more, so I feel a lot more relaxed now that the first run is over.
‘The Olympics isn’t going to change how fit I am, how fast I am and how well I run,’ she said
‘I know how everything works and I can just leave it all on the track tonight.’
Day said her mindset in the semis was to ‘absolutely floor it to the end and see if I can make the final’.
The biggest casualty in the heats was 100m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson from Jamaica, who paid a heavy price for taking it too easy and was edged into fourth spot.
It ended Jamica’s hopes of replicating their women’s 100m medal sweep in the half-lap event, although countrywomen Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce should again be right in contention for podium finishes.
The fastest qualifier was Namibian teenager Christine Mboma in 22.11.
Mboma is better known as a 400m runner, but is among the group of women banned by World Athletics from competing in races between 400 metres and one mile unless they agree to take medication to reduce their high natural testosterone levels.
It is the same rule that prevented South African Caster Semenya from chasing a third successive Olympic 800m title in Tokyo.