TASMANIAN athlete Tristan Thomas reproduced his Olympic result by finishing seventh in the IAAF world championship 400-metre hurdles semi-final.
Compensation for the 27-year-old Sandy Bay Harrier was a time of 49.91, his third-fastest this year and significantly quicker than the 50.55 he produced at the same stage in London's Olympic Stadium a year ago.
In the first semi-final in Moscow, which saw American powerhouse Bershawn Jackson fail to finish, Thomas came in nearly two seconds behind winner Jehue Gordon, of Trinidad.
It was enough to place the four-time Australian champion 18th overall at his third world titles.
``I had a go today,'' Thomas said. ``I did a lot of things right, it's just you can't do anything wrong at this level.
``As I thought yesterday when I finally found out I was in the semi, no matter what happens today it's a real gift to be able to line up in a semi-final at the world champs.
``Last year I got really caught up in making the final and thought `it's either final or end up miserable', but tonight it was more like you race against some big names and you enjoy the experience.
``I looked at the field and thought `it's going to be a miracle to get through to the final', but then I smiled and thought `here is a great opportunity to give it a go without any of the pressures of doing well'.''
Thomas is also hoping to feature in the 4 x 400m relay, the heats of which are being held late today.
Fellow Tasmanian Hamish Peacock is also due to make his world championship debut today as the sole Australian representative in the javelin.