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24 Aug 2015

Farquhar fails to fire in Javelin qualifying

Farquhar fails to fire in Javelin qualifying

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Above: Stuart Farquhar in action in the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing at the 2015 World Championships (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

After months of training and preparations Stuart Farquhar left the 'Bird's Nest' in Beijing dejected after failing to qualify for the final of the javelin throw, finishing in 23rd position in a field of 33.

In a stadium with absolutely no wind assistance Farquhar competing at his fifth world championships was out to 78.30m in the first round. He needed a throw of 83.00m to automatically qualify or try and hit a big one to be one of the 12 best performers from the two pools.

The 14 times New Zealand champion and silver medallist at the Delhi Commonwealth Games fouled his second attempt and completed the third round with 77.53m.

Farquhar said that the plan came apart something he struggled to come to terms with.

"It didn't go to plan, it's really hard to explain I felt pretty good especially my last throw I hit it really well I just can't believe it only went 77 so it seems the javs are not even flying far out there and it looked like a lot of people are struggling with the throws, I felt like I hit them well they just weren't flying it's one of those things where I quite obviously didn't catch a good one," he said.

The conditions were not conducive for spectacular throwing and the Olympic champions and second ranked in the world in 2015 Keshorn Wallcott was another who failed to qualify for the final, finishing behind Farquhar.

"There was absolutely no wind so there was no assistance there, but it was the same for the whole field. "The track is really fast and timing wise my foot was a little off but apart from that it was pretty brutal out there."

Farquhar said that qualifying came in some cases be more difficult than the actual final.

"Qualifying can really hurt a lot of people and actually the second ranked in the world this year and the Olympic champion didn't qualify, so it definitely took a lot of people out, but I'm pretty gutted I couldn't get a good enough run out there to really secure a spot, it's not good enough obviously.

"It does dampen the spirits big time it's something I've been focused on lately and preparing totally for this and produced a lot of competitions to really get my preparation right and it was right I know cause I was starting to pick my throwing up really well especially from last week so it's a bit disappointing I'm really gutted that I didn't quite follow through as I could have done."

The 33 year old however is not ready to hang up his spikes just yet as the Rio Olympics next year beckons.

"The body is all good a couple of niggles here and there but nothing that would hurt me for the long term, I'll definitely have to re-group myself and reflect on this and work on what went wrong and where I can step up and really push it again next year."


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