Donohue makes her run in Beijing

Erin Donohue's Olympic journey came to a disappointing end tonight when she finished eighth in her semifinal of the women's 1,500 meters.

Donohue, from Haddonfield, N.J., posted a time of 4:16.05. The winner, Iryna Lishchynska, of Ukraine, finished in 4:13.16 in the slowest of the semifinals.

Donohue was third coming around the final turn and is usually a good finisher. She was slightly bumped in the stretch but did not use that as an excuse. She said she just did not have it today and had tightened up.

"I just ran a poor race and didn’t get there," she said. "I just wasn’t ready to close. I just know from my workouts I can do better than that. It's really disappointing."

Look for more on Donohue in tomorrow's Daily News.