Like all good javelin throwers, Hamish Peacock keeps a close eye on his trajectory.
And the figures suggest Tasmania’s four-time national men’s champion can continue to aim high.
The 28-year-old targets his fourth athletics world championships this year having made consistent improvement at that level.
A throw of 76.33 metres earned a respectable 26th place on debut in 2013 which was followed by 79.37m and 18th in 2015 before 82.46m and 14th in 2017 earned him the frustrating distinction of recording the longest distance in world championship history not to make a final.
Add that to the 81.75m and bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games followed by 82.59 and silver at last year’s event, and Peacock knows he is heading in the right direction.
“That throw at last year’s Commonwealth Games was my longest at a championships so my last two majors have been my best,” he said.
“I’ve been to three world champs and made good progress but to miss a final by one spot is highly frustrating, especially such a small margin.
“I feel I’m starting to perform better at major championships. But it’s pretty simple, I’ve got to throw further.”
Aside from a slightly disappointing 77.91m on his Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro, Peacock’s consistency has been escalating to such a degree that he exceeded 79 metres with five of his six throws on the Gold Coast last year, after qualifying in first place.
Another season of globe-trotting competition looms with the destination of Doha and distance of 85m top of the Peacock to-do list.
“I’d like to throw a new PB, that would be good,” said the Hobart-born engineer, whose personal best of 84.39 was set in his home town in 2016.
“I’ve done 85-plus in training but it’s a completely different kettle of fish in a big comp. I’m capable and confident that I can do it. It’s just about bringing it together on the day.
“Obviously, the world champs are my main goal. I missed the final by one spot last time so I want to make that final. That’s my major goal for the year.
“The world champs in Doha are in October which is quite late. I’ve competed there in May in the evening and it was quite pleasant, low 30s, but I’m not sure what October will be like. They have an air condition system, we’ll see how effective that is.”
Coached by his father Evan at the University of Tasmania Athletics Club, the former Montagu Bay, Hutchins and Rosny College student has identified his most likely means of increasing his distances.
“My focus is going to be on my run up, getting rhythm and trying to transfer my run-up speed into the throw,” he said.
“Theoretically, the faster you can come in, the further you should be able to throw.”
After the Sydney Classic on February 23, Peacock will contest the Tasmanian championships at the Domain in March with further meets in Canberra, Perth and Brisbane before nationals back in Sydney in April.
After a customary meeting in the Japanese city of Osaka, he will head to Europe.
“If can get into Diamond League events I will but competition is pretty tough in the javelin so I need to throw good distances domestically to get in.
“But there are plenty of other competitions. Last year I went to Europe and did not do Diamond League but still had plenty of other opportunities.
“It’s good to have a high level of competition but frustrating that I cannot quite get into these big meets. But that’s good extra motivation.”
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