Stuart Farquhar impresses in Diamond League
Hamilton’s Stuart Farquhar has finished third in the Diamond League event in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The 31-year-old javelin thrower reached 80.42m with his third throw at the meet to finish behind winner Kim Amb (Sweden) and Norway’s Andreas Thorkildsen.
Farquhar was second after three throws before Amb threw 82.65m to comfortably move into first.
Farquhar’s throw was well short of his PB of 86.31m, but it was 20cm further than he threw to come ninth at last year’s Olympics in London.
Farquhar picks up one Diamond League point and currently sits fifth equal overall in the javelin.
Meanwhile, Canterbury shot putter Tom Walsh has missed a golden opportunity to qualify for next month’s World Athletic Championships in Moscow and now has just six throws to do so.
The 21-year-old from Timaru also competed in Lausanne, in his first Diamond League meeting, but failed to throw the 20.10-metres needed to reach the B qualifying standard.
Walsh, who has a PB of 20.09 - thrown last week also in Switzerland, threw a best of 19.61m at the meet this morning.
He finished eighth in the nine-man field, 2.27m behind winner and 2012 world indoor champion Ryan Whiting of the United States.
Whiting threw a meeting record 21.88m.
Walsh has one more meet to try and reach the B-standard, next week’s Madrid World Challenge.
Before the Diamond League meet, Walsh told The Press he was desperate to reach the qualifying mark in Switzerland where he is currently based with two-time Olympic gold medallist Valerie Adams, rather than having to do it in Spain.
‘‘I'd rather do it now and get it out of the way,’’ he said.
‘‘There'll be a fair bit of pressure on me if I have to do it in Madrid. There's no reason I shouldn't do it now.’’