Shotputter Jacko Gill goes downhill

Richard Patterson reacts after winning the gold medal at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow.
Richard Patterson reacts after winning the gold medal at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow.
New Zealand’s Tom Walsh poses with his silver medal from the men's shot put.
New Zealand’s Tom Walsh poses with his silver medal from the men's shot put.
Sally Johnston celebrates her Commonwealth Games gold medal in the  the women's 50m rifle prone with her proud parents Jenny and Ken.
Sally Johnston celebrates her Commonwealth Games gold medal in the the women's 50m rifle prone with her proud parents Jenny and Ken.
New Zealand’s Julia Ratcliffe competes in the women's hammer final at Glasgow’s Hampden Park.
New Zealand’s Julia Ratcliffe competes in the women's hammer final at Glasgow’s Hampden Park.
New Zealand's Joelle King playing in the bronze medal match against England's Alison Waters in Scotstoun, Glasgow.
New Zealand's Joelle King playing in the bronze medal match against England's Alison Waters in Scotstoun, Glasgow.
New Zealand’s Richard Patterson attempts a lift during the men’s 85kg weightlifting event.
New Zealand’s Richard Patterson attempts a lift during the men’s 85kg weightlifting event.
New Zealand’s Brent Newdick competes in the men's 400m decathlon.
New Zealand’s Brent Newdick competes in the men's 400m decathlon.
New Zealand’s Tom Walsh competes in the final of the men's shot put.
New Zealand’s Tom Walsh competes in the final of the men's shot put.
Lauren Boyle reacts after her silver medal-winnimg swim in the women's 800m freestyle final.
Lauren Boyle reacts after her silver medal-winnimg swim in the women's 800m freestyle final.
New Zealand’s Richard Patterson competes in the mens 85kg weightlifting at the Clyde Auditorium during day five of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
New Zealand’s Richard Patterson competes in the mens 85kg weightlifting at the Clyde Auditorium during day five of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Julia Ratcliffe celebrates winning a silver medal in the women's hammer throw at the Commonwealth Games.
Julia Ratcliffe celebrates winning a silver medal in the women's hammer throw at the Commonwealth Games.
Hutt Valley shooter Sally Johnston won a Commonwealth Games gold 16 years after winning bronze in the same event, the women's  50m rifle prone.
Hutt Valley shooter Sally Johnston won a Commonwealth Games gold 16 years after winning bronze in the same event, the women's 50m rifle prone.
New Zealand's Glenn Snyders on his way to finishing fourth in the men's 50m breaststroke final.
New Zealand's Glenn Snyders on his way to finishing fourth in the men's 50m breaststroke final.
New Zealander Jacko Gill competes in the final of the men's shot put.
New Zealander Jacko Gill competes in the final of the men's shot put.
Julia Ratcliffe on her way to winning a sliver medal in the women's hammer final.
Julia Ratcliffe on her way to winning a sliver medal in the women's hammer final.
Kiwi Sally Johnston on top of the medal dais for the women's 50m rifle prone next to silver medallist, South Africa's Esmari van Reenan, left, and Scotland's Jen McIntosh, the bronze medal winner.
Kiwi Sally Johnston on top of the medal dais for the women's 50m rifle prone next to silver medallist, South Africa's Esmari van Reenan, left, and Scotland's Jen McIntosh, the bronze medal winner.
Julia Ratcliffe, left, shows off her silver medal in the women's hammer throw alongside Canada’s Sultana Frizell and England’s Sophie Hitchon.
Julia Ratcliffe, left, shows off her silver medal in the women's hammer throw alongside Canada’s Sultana Frizell and England’s Sophie Hitchon.
Lauren Boyle shows off her silver medal alongside Wales’ Jazmin Carlin and Canada’s Brittany Maclean.
Lauren Boyle shows off her silver medal alongside Wales’ Jazmin Carlin and Canada’s Brittany Maclean.
 New Zealand's Lauren Boyle in action during the women's 800m freestyle final.
New Zealand's Lauren Boyle in action during the women's 800m freestyle final.
Bronze medallist Joelle King stretches for the ball.
Bronze medallist Joelle King stretches for the ball.

One commentator innocently pronounced his name "Yacko Jill" during qualifying. Certainly, this was a different thrower to the one we know as New Zealand's double world junior shot put champion Jacko Gill.

The 19-year-old strongman's bubble burst in spectacular fashion in the men's shot put final at Hampden Park, as he tumbled out without making the final eight.

It didn't look promising in his warmup throws, and Gill's only counting ones were embarrassing efforts of 16.70m and 18.05m, placing him 11th of 12. Hopes of him joining compatriot Tom Walsh on the podium faded, fast.

TOUGH DAY: Kiwi shotputter Jacko Gill bounced out in the finals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
TOUGH DAY: Kiwi shotputter Jacko Gill bounced out in the finals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Just 24 hours earlier he'd qualified fifth with a handy effort of 19.54m, and with a season's best of 20.70m set in Rarotonga in June, he seemed a distinct medal chance.

A deadpan Gill explained his technique was "a bit off".

"I felt pretty good but I just wasn't there in the competition," he said.

"I wasn't getting the shot put in the centre of my hand so I was losing all the power and the front foot was a bit late coming down and there was no power at the end. I just lacked something."

Gill said that hadn't happened to him before. "This is a new one; it's pretty disappointing."

He made regular trips to speak to his coach Kirsten Hellier about technique but things barely improved.

Gill revealed he'd thrown poorly at his final lead-up which hadn't augured well when he joined the New Zealand team for a pre-Games camp. Much of his Games buildup took place at home in Auckland, which he preferred to an extended buildup in Europe.

"I had a really bad competition leading into this. I've had my two worst competitions here and in Cardiff," he said.

"I really enjoyed Rarotonga, amazing place and I had a really good time and I seemed to come through there. But sometimes you do really well in your first competition then you go down. I must have peaked too early."

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