Athletics Weekly - - COM­MON­WEALTH GAMES -

HOLLIE ARNOLD had seen her world record bro­ken in the first round of the F46 javelin com­pe­ti­tion but she didn’t let it faze her. The Par­a­lympic and three-time world cham­pion knew she was ca­pa­ble of im­prov­ing that mark even fur­ther, the Welsh ath­lete just needed to be pa­tient.

New Zealand’s Holly Robin­son had en­sured the con­test got off to a thrilling start, throw­ing 43.32m to beat the world record mark of 43.02m which Arnold had recorded to win gold at the World Para Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don last sum­mer.

But Arnold was de­ter­mined not to be beaten and in the fi­nal round her pa­tience was re­warded as she launched the javelin out to 44.43m, forc­ing Robin­son to set­tle for sil­ver as she had done in the UK cap­i­tal nine months ago.

“I feel ab­so­lutely amaz­ing,” said the 23-year-old win­ner, who was born with­out a right hand and fore­arm. “That last throw, I just gave it my ab­so­lute all. I knew there was a big one there, I just couldn’t get the con­nec­tion right and that’s key for javelin.

“Me and Holly al­ways push each other on, we’ve got a mas­sive ri­valry and it’s great for both of us. This was her ‘Lon­don’ (lots of home sup­port like the 2017 world cham­pi­onships had for Arnold) she had a lot more sup­port than me which ob­vi­ously af­fects me a lit­tle bit but at the end of the day I just do what I do best and per­form un­der pres­sure and that’s what I’ve done to­day.”

All bar one of Arnold’s throws were over 40 me­tres, while Robin­son sur­passed that mark with all six of her throws, also im­prov­ing her pre-com­pe­ti­tion best with 42.61m in the fifth round.

“It was a re­ally emo­tional com­pe­ti­tion, break­ing the world record and my per­sonal best in that first round. I had to calm down from that and fo­cus on the next rounds,” said Robin­son.

“All credit to Hollie for bring­ing that big one out in the last round. It was my goal to get a per­sonal best, and at the end of the day I got that.”

His­tory was also made by bronze medal win­ner Fri­ana Kw­e­vira claim­ing Van­u­atu’s first Com­mon­wealth medal at any level af­ter a throw of 24.54m.

Hol­lie Arnold: gold for the Welsh ath­lete

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