Kiwi Stuart Farquhar wins javelin silver

16:41, Oct 12 2010
New Zealand's Monique Williams shows off her Silver Fern-painted fingernails after her 200m heat at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
New Zealand's Monique Williams shows off her Silver Fern-painted fingernails after her 200m heat at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
Injured Kiwi Rebecca Wardell does down on the track during the 200m of the women's heptahlon at the Commonwealth Games.
Injured Kiwi Rebecca Wardell does down on the track during the 200m of the women's heptahlon at the Commonwealth Games.
New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin shows off her silver medal won in the women's 1500m at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin shows off her silver medal won in the women's 1500m at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Brent Newdick competes in the javelin section on his way to silver in the decathlon at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Brent Newdick competes in the javelin section on his way to silver in the decathlon at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Valerie Adams on the way to gold in the women's shot put at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Valerie Adams on the way to gold in the women's shot put at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
An Olympics tattoo on the leg of New Zealand's Valerie Adams as she competes in the shot put at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
An Olympics tattoo on the leg of New Zealand's Valerie Adams as she competes in the shot put at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Valerie Adams shows off the gold medal won in the shot put at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Valerie Adams shows off the gold medal won in the shot put at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Valerie Adams is show on the big screen as she stands on the dias to receive her gold medal for winning the shot put at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Valerie Adams is show on the big screen as she stands on the dias to receive her gold medal for winning the shot put at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Monique Williams heads off at the start of a 200m heat at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Monique Williams heads off at the start of a 200m heat at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Valerie Adams is congratulated by her coach coach Didier Poppe after winning the shot at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Valerie Adams is congratulated by her coach coach Didier Poppe after winning the shot at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin runs in a heat of the women's 800 metres at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin runs in a heat of the women's 800 metres at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Andrea Miller competes in a heat of the 100 metre hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Andrea Miller competes in a heat of the 100 metre hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Australia's Sally Pearson (left) and New Zealand's Andrea Miller check their times after a heat of the 200 metre hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Australia's Sally Pearson (left) and New Zealand's Andrea Miller check their times after a heat of the 200 metre hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Matthew Lack competes in the men's 1500m T54 at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Matthew Lack competes in the men's 1500m T54 at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Liz Lamb competes in the women's high jump at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Liz Lamb competes in the women's high jump at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Andrea Miller
A powerful finish over the last three flights has taken New Zealand's Andrea Miller to a bronze medal in the women's 100m at the Commonwealth Games.
Kiwi Nikki Hamblin holds the New Zealand flag out after winning silver in the final of the women's 800m at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Kiwi Nikki Hamblin holds the New Zealand flag out after winning silver in the final of the women's 800m at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Andrea Miller after winning bronze in the women's 100m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Andrea Miller after winning bronze in the women's 100m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Andrea Miller after winning bronze in the women's 100m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Andrea Miller after winning bronze in the women's 100m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Andrea Miller (left) hugs winner Australia Sally Pearson after winning bronze in the women's 100m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Andrea Miller (left) hugs winner Australia Sally Pearson after winning bronze in the women's 100m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Andrea Miller races to a bronze medal in the women's 100m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Andrea Miller races to a bronze medal in the women's 100m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin with her silver after the medal ceremony for the women's 800m at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin with her silver after the medal ceremony for the women's 800m at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Monique Williams races in the final of the women's 200m at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Monique Williams races in the final of the women's 200m at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Beatrice Faumauina competes in the women's discus at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Beatrice Faumauina competes in the women's discus at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Adrian Blincoe runs in a heat of the men's 1500m at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Adrian Blincoe runs in a heat of the men's 1500m at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Andrea Miller is all smiles as she shows off her bronze medal won in the women's 100m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Andrea Miller is all smiles as she shows off her bronze medal won in the women's 100m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Nick Willis runs in a heat of the men's 1500m at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Nick Willis runs in a heat of the men's 1500m at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin stretches to grab the silver medal in the final of the women's 800m at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin stretches to grab the silver medal in the final of the women's 800m at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Kenya's Silas Kiplagat raises his arms aloft as he wins the men's 1500m final at the Delhi Commonwealth Games with New Zealand's Nick Willis behind in third place.
Kenya's Silas Kiplagat raises his arms aloft as he wins the men's 1500m final at the Delhi Commonwealth Games with New Zealand's Nick Willis behind in third place.
New Zealand's Nick Willis receives a congratulatory kiss from his wife after finishing third in the men's 1500m final at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
New Zealand's Nick Willis receives a congratulatory kiss from his wife after finishing third in the men's 1500m final at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
New Zealand's Nick Willis is sandwiched by Kenyans as he runs in the men's 1500m final at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
New Zealand's Nick Willis is sandwiched by Kenyans as he runs in the men's 1500m final at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
New Zealand's Nick Willis is in the pack during the early stages of the men's 1500m final at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
New Zealand's Nick Willis is in the pack during the early stages of the men's 1500m final at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
Nick Willis with his Delhi Commonwealth Games 1500m bronze medal.
Nick Willis with his Delhi Commonwealth Games 1500m bronze medal.

Waikato's Stuart Farquhar finally put the demons from the Melbourne Commonwealth Games to bed early this morning after claiming silver in the men's javelin throw in Delhi.

Like four years ago in Melbourne, Farquhar was the favourite to claim gold after throwing a whopping 85.35m in Hamilton seven months ago – the best effort this year of any of the 11 athletes in the final.

The difference this time around, however, was that he delivered.

There was no seventh place at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium this morning, just a well-deserved second thanks to his last throw of 78.15m.

Aussie rival Jarrod Bannister, who Farquhar predicted in the build-up to the event would be his toughest competition, did enough to win gold after sending the javelin 81.71m.

"There wasn't too much pressure going in to tonight," Farquhar said.

"Having that No 1 ranking thing, well it's all up in the air.

"I really had to medal. I should medal, I'm talented enough to medal and I managed to do it."

Farquhar's medal, like so many events at this Games, was not without controversy.

After sending his second throw well over the 75-metre mark, the official scoreboard flashed with a total of 72.56m.

It was clearly wrong and Farquhar knew it, blowing up immediately at officials. After a couple of comical minutes order was restored and the correct distance was recorded.

"They put a mark of 72m and I was like, 'What?' 'That was over 72, it was over the 75m mark'," he said.
 
"I had to ask the question of them (the officials) and they re-measured. I'm not too sure how and why it happened, but that's India."

Farquhar said he wasn't affected in any way by the stuff up but conceded the sweltering conditions and a lack of wind at the national stadium made it hard to get any distance.

"It didn't throw my rhythm off," he said.

"But it was tough to throw far in these conditions tonight. I worked really hard out there. I've had a really sore heel in the last month and I managed to get through the competition okay, so I was rapt."

Farquhar said erasing Melbourne's disappointing performance from his memory bank was also a driving force in Delhi.

"Debbie Strange, my coach, and I have been working so hard this year," he said.

"We've worked on getting perfectly timed to perform well at the Commonwealth Games.

"A silver medal's fantastic, you know. It's something I've always dreamed about, getting a medal and even getting gold.

"It's definitely a stepping stone towards higher success later on.

"It was an average competition last time in Melbourne but I stepped it up this time."

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New Zealand's Stuart Farquhar puts the bite on his silver medal won in the men's javelin at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
SILVER TASTE: New Zealand's Stuart Farquhar puts the bite on his silver medal won in the men's javelin at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

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