Peacock, Hale qualify for event deciders

EFFORT: Australia's Hamish Peacock competes in the men's javelin qualifying at Carrara Stadium. Picture: AAP
EFFORT: Australia's Hamish Peacock competes in the men's javelin qualifying at Carrara Stadium. Picture: AAP

Hobart duo Jack Hale and Hamish Peacock both qualified for their respective Commonwealth Games finals while sharing the Carrara Stadium athletics track.

“I gave him a little cheer as he ran past,” joked Peacock, who qualified first in the javelin in the same corner of the stadium where Hale was running the third leg of Australia’s successful 4x100-metres relay heat.

Both athletes now face finals, also just five minutes apart, on Saturday afternoon seeking to build on their home state’s record medal haul at a Commonwealth Games.

“I know so no pressure eh?” Peacock added. “We're absolutely killing it here so hopefully I can continue that tomorrow.”

Competing in the second of two qualifying groups, the 27-year-old reigning Australian champion threw conservative distances of 74.58m and 76.49m before landing an 81.22m stunner with his final effort.

It was one of seven automatic qualifiers above 78.00m.

“I was happy to get an 81 on that third throw. Probably left it later than I would have liked,” he said.

“I was sitting safe after the first two rounds so there wasn't a great deal of pressure on that last throw but I do need to lift my intensity for tomorrow night, which I will.

“I just fired up a bit more.

“It didn't technically feel great but I managed to get what we call a long pull when your arm stays back as long as it can and then you get a sling action going and get good speed on it.

“If I can get in a better position I can push for a big throw tomorrow. I'm definitely going for gold.”

In a huge shock, Kenya’s world champion Julius Yego, who topped the podium when Peacock won bronze in Glasgow, could only throw 74.55 (18m short of his personal best) and did not reach the final.

“I'm not setting myself a distance target more getting out there, seeing what the conditions are like and I'm going for the win,” he said.

“A PB would be awesome (currently 84.39m).”

Hale ran the third leg in the Australian relay team also feturing Trae Williams, Rohan Browning and Josh Clarke which clocked a season's best 38.78 to qualify behind South Africa (38.71).

THERE YOU GO: Hobart sprinter Jack Hale has the baton to 4x100m relay teammate Josh Clarke. Picture AAP

THERE YOU GO: Hobart sprinter Jack Hale has the baton to 4x100m relay teammate Josh Clarke. Picture AAP

“Awesome race to come out with a season’s best,” Hale said.

“I think everyone is rapt with the run and can't wait for the final.

Asked if there is likely to be any change to the Australian line-up for the final, with Alex Hartmann also in the squad, 19-year-old Hale said: “We always have a reserve if anything happens but I think pretty comfortably right now we can say that this will be the final team.

“We've just run a season’s best 38.78 and there's definitely more to come. We have such good exchanges and now have the boys that can really lift and run 10.1s consistently and that could be a dangerous relay,” the Melbourne-based former world youth and junior representative said.

Peacock’s javelin final is scheduled to start at 2.35pm on Saturday with the 4x100m relay final at 2.40pm.