Commonwealth Games 2018: Peacock goes huge to take silver

SALUTE: Hamish Peacock on the podium. Picture: AP
SALUTE: Hamish Peacock on the podium. Picture: AP

Hobart javelin thrower Hamish Peacock improved on his Commonwealth Games bronze medal in Glasgow by claiming silver on the Gold Coast.

The 27-year-old Rio Olympian was a model of consistency, exceeding 79 metres with five of his six throws, the best of which was 82.59m.

But he couldn’t compete with Indian Neeraj Chopra, who landed a season’s best 86.47m.

Grenada’s Anderson Peters won the bronze with 82.20m.

“I was chasing the gold but still happy with silver and a full set would be nice in Birmingham,” Peacock said.

“Got to be happy with the silver medal, the winner was far too good today. That was a magnificent throw, just a centimetre off his best. He’s the world junior record holder and world junior champion and was well and truly the best man today.

“I haven’t thrown superbly this season so to come out and throw 82m in a big competition was very satisfying."

After opening with 75.95m, Peacock recorded throws of 81.37, 79.05, 82.59, 79.74 and 79.42.

“It was relatively consistent. I still feel I’m capable of getting back into that top shape and feel like I’m going to pull out a really big one soon so that’s really good.”

The silver medal takes Tasmania’s Gold Coast total to 12 (eight gold and four silver) with four players set to feature in the hockey and basketball gold medal finals.