TASMANIAN Hamish Peacock missed out on qualifying for the men’s javelin final at the world athletics championships in London.
Peacock, 26, finished 14th on Friday (AEST) despite a best throw of 82.46m – the furthest hurl by an Australian at a world titles or Olympics – and clearing the 82m mark in two of his three attempts in what has been described as “the greatest qualifying round in the event’s 34-year history”. It is the third time the national champion has fallen short of making a world’s final with all finalists progressing after surpassing the 83m automatic mark.
German Johannes Vetter set the benchmark for Sunday’s final with the the best throw (91.20m) recorded in a qualifying round at any world championship event.
“I wanted to make amends for previous events. I may not have made the final, but I’ve proved a point to myself about performing at events like this,” Peacock said.
“The mental approach to qualifying is tough. You only get the chance to throw in it once a year... I’ve changed my mindset on the runway. I’m more confident now and will grow more from this.”