TASMANIAN hurdler Tristan Thomas is looking to stray from the script as his world championship campaign follows a similar storyline to his Olympic debut last year.
In the same way he did in London, Thomas has progressed as one of the fastest non-automatic qualifiers in the 400-metre hurdles having been drawn in the fastest heat and again finds himself facing a semi-final unsure whether he will also feature in the 4x400m relay a few days later.
However, the 27-year-old Sandy Bay Harrier will be hoping the past does not repeat itself after dropping out of the hurdles in the Olympic semis and then missing out on a run in the relay.
Thomas was due to contest his semi-final in Moscow early this morning (Tastime) and while initially disappointed by his sixth place behind American Michael Tinsley (49.07) in the first heat, subsequently saw his time of 49.80 as competitive given all four further heats were noticeably slower.
``It's really been great being here, I love this track,'' said the four-time Australian champion.
``It's mixed feelings. Obviously it's a great honour to be back in the semi-finals for my third world championships. I'm pretty happy to get another one after a run that I wasn't overly thrilled with at the time. Obviously a lot more needs to be done, but maybe I underestimated the track and 49.80 isn't that bad a time after all.
``I can go faster in the semi, it's a matter of whether it's fast enough though. As I said, the run didn't feel bad, it just didn't flow as well as I'd like to. It's obviously not as rosy as it looks out there, so I'll just rest up, recover well and hopefully that is enough to get me home.''
Thomas, who clocked 49.13 in London and has a PB of 48.68, has been drawn alongside Olympic medallists Javier Culson, of Puerto Rico, and American Bershawn Jackson in the first of three semis from which the first two and next fastest two will make the final.
On paper, the third semi, featuring Briton's former world champion David Greene, Felix Saacánchez, of the Dominican Republic, Cuban Omar Cisneros and America's dual world champ Kerron Clement looks the strongest.
Only after completing his hurdles commitments will Thomas turn his thoughts to the relay in which he helped Australia win a bronze medal in 2009 but was overlooked at the Olympics.
``The Australian team has been amazing and if I do get a run in the relay then I'm really looking forward to that,'' he added.