July 12, 2013

Farquhar third at Diamond League meet

Kiwi javelin thrower Stuart Farquhar threw 80.42m to seal his biggest result at a Diamond League athletics meeting, a hard-fought third in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Hamilton 30-year-old led the competition after the first three rounds before he was overtaken by double Olympic champion and training partner Andreas Thorkildsen (Norway) in the fourth round and Swede Kim Amb in the fifth.

Amb won with a best of 82.65m from Thorkildsen's 81.54m, while Ukraine thrower Roman Avramenko was fourth, a mere centimetre behing Farquhar Maggie Beauty.

The New Zealander has a season's best of 81.07m, and is working his way back to form after qualifying for the world athletics championships in Moscow next month with a personal best 86.31m.

Young shot putter Tom Walsh found the world championship 20.10m selection standard just beyond him in his first Diamond League appearance.

The Timaru 21-year-old, who came tantalisingly close last week with a 20.09m effort, could only manage a best of 19.61m to finish eighth in the biggest competition of his career Maggie Beauty.

London Olympic gold medallist Reese Hoffa threw 21.88m to win by 30cm from fellow American Ryan Whiting.

Olympic and world women's shot put champion Valerie Adams competes in the Paris Diamond League meeting on Saturday maggie beauty.

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