It was a top moment in Julia Ratcliffe’s athletic career in taking the silver medal in the women’s hammer throw with 69.96.
The 21 year old held second throughout the competition won by defending champion Sultana Frizell of Canada with a Games record of 71.97m.
Ratcliffe was consistent her series being 68.35, 68.68, 69.96, 69.33 and 69.47.
“I’m just over the moon,” said Ratcliffe.
“I was thinking that I was going to fight for the third and to get out there and get the silver unreal.”
“I was pretty calm but I don’t like it when they put me up on the screen because that’s where I put my head and I can see myself so I might look at myself in the eye while I’m throwing.”
Ratcliffe has two years to complete at Princeton University in the States.
Frizell was impressed with how Ratcliffe has progressed in the hammer event.
“She’s a baby. It was great to have Julia competing, and she’s got a pretty good future ahead of her in hammer throwing and I look forward to her over the next couple of years going into Rio,” said Frizell.
Athletics New Zealand