Peacock rapt with javelin bronze

Hamish Peacock won bronze in the javelin

Hamish Peacock won bronze in the javelin

TASMANIAN Hamish Peacock said he couldn’t be happier after claiming a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games.

The 23-year-old had predicted that a throw over 80metres should be enough to make the javelin podium and so it proved with the three medallists the only ones to pass the mark in the final early yesterday morning (Australian time).

‘‘Second longest throw of my career in a major competition, I’m just so happy,’’ Peacock said.

‘‘Threw 80, got bronze, it worked out awesome.’’

In a high-quality javelin final contested through torrential rain at Glasgow’s Hampden Park, the Hobart athlete landed an 81.75m throw in the second round to sit in the silver medal position.

However, Kenyan Julius Yego, who was fourth at the last world championships, overtook Peacock as did Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott with a third-round throw of 83.87 that ultimately won the competition.

‘‘To be close to them is just awesome,’’ Peacock said.

‘‘It’s pretty special, dreaming when you’re younger about representing your country and performing on the big stage, so to do that I’m just stoked and hopefully can go on to bigger and better things.’’

With his father Evan coaching him, mother Gabrielle watching on and brother Huw also in the Australian team, having earlier contested the hammer throw, Peacock said he was proud to come through the testing conditions.

The medal is Tasmania’s third in Glasgow, following West Pine cyclist Amy Cure’s silver and bronze on the track, with Eddie Ockenden guaranteed at least a silver when Australia was scheduled to battle India in this morning’s men’s hockey final.

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