Benn Harradine has finished fifth in the men’s discus final for the best ever result by an Australian in the event at either a world championships or Olympic Games.
Benn is the Commonwealth champion and national record holder and was the opening thrower in the final, his first heave was an impressive 64.43m, which after round one had him lying in third.
His second throw looked to have surpassed his previous effort it fell short at 64.02m and his third landed at 62.08m.
That first throw was enough to secure him a top eight spot and a further three throws. The same was not the case for world and Olympic silver medallist Piotr Malachowski (POL) who was the highest profile scalp from the first three attempts.
Benn then went on to improve his best effort to 64.77m on his sixth and final throw, to cement his fifth-place finish. Robert Harting (GER) successfully defended his world title with a winning throw of 68.97m, while Gerd Kanter (EST) finished second and Ehsan Hadadi (IRI) third.
Benn said: “I’m really happy, it wasn’t a bad performance at all but I just felt like there was a medal there for me and I let it go.
“I’m super happy with the consistency of the evening. My goal was to get out there and consolidate it in the first round, then try and rip it from there.
“It’s a stepping stone for sure, my goal after the Commonwealth games was to finish in the final at world champs and then hopefully a podium finish for London [Olympics]. I’m ticking those boxes.