Stuart Farquhar ends fifth in men's javelin final

FRED WOODCOCK IN GLASGOW
Last updated 09:32 03/08/2014
Stuart Farquhar
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Stuart Farquhar throws in the javelin at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

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Stuart Farquhar will play on, but has stopped short of committing to a fourth Olympic Games campaign.

The javelin thrower from Waikato finished fifth in the final at the Commonwealth Games today, unable to repeat his silver medal-winning efforts from Delhi four years ago.

Amid pouring rain at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Farquhar's first effort of 78.14m was his only counting throw as Kenya's Julius Yego won gold with a distance of 83.87m.

After some niggles at the start of this season, the Kiwi said he felt good during the past month and was primed for a big throw, but he couldn't eclipse his season-best of 79.69m or get anywhere near his career best of 86.31m, the best of the 12-strong field.

"I knew it was going to be wet but it (weather) was fine to throw big in, it was just that today wasn't my day."

Farquhar said he was out of sync today which was "a shame" given his recent training form.

"I felt like I had more than (81 or 82m) in me, but I didn't. I could've done better."

The 32-year-old would rest up and reflect but said he'd be back.

"Oh yeah, I'm not going to stop yet," he said.

The world championships are next year with the Rio Olympics, which would be his fourth, the following year.

"We'll see about that (Rio), it's a few years away, but definitely looking forward to next year and trying to step it up and get out of this little low point."

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