Ringwood Athletic Club

Benn Harradine has qualified for the mens Discus final.

 

Competing in Group A alongside defending world champion Robert Harting (GER), Olympic champion Gerd Kanter (EST) and Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) and Robert Fazekas (HUN), who both have 70m plus personal bests.

With the automatic qualification mark set at 65.50m, Benn's first trow went just shy of 60m but resulted in a foul. His second looked to have much more conviction as it fell at 63.49m, which resulted in his sixth place finish at the end of Group A.

 

Benn then endured a nervous wait as Group B took to the stadium. However, only four athletes in the second group threw further than the Commonwealth Champion, which meant qualification for the final.

 

Piotr Malachowsi (POL) heaved the longest throw of 65.48m, from Group B, while Ehsan Hadadi (IRI) topped the A’s rankings with 65.21m.

Benn said: “I’m a guy who likes to be feeling a lot of tightness when I’m throwing and when it’s so hot your muscles are really long and it’s hard to maintain that sort of tightness. It wasn’t extremely bad but I was just not consistent, which added a little bit of pressure.  “It will be a different story at night time, a little bit cooler and just a little bit more relaxed. Once you’re through you cannot relax - but take a breath and then re-motivate yourself and try and smash some throws.”

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