25 August 2014
Hulley hammers out
silver in Nanjing
night in Nanjing at the second Youth Olympic Games, Alex Hulley claimed NSW’s third
medal, winning silver in the hammer throw.
exciting qualifying round, where hammer thrower Alex Hulley (HIL) threw a personal best distance of 70.85m
defeating the world leader the final was expected to be another thrilling
opened the competition with a safe throw of 63.23m, but the first surprise of
the competition occurred on the second throw when local favourite China’s Xu
Yinying threw 67.70m, just short of her personal best of 68.19m. The competition’s
other two 70m throwers Zsofia Matild Bacskay (HUN) and Lucia Prinetti Anzalapya
(ITA) fouled their throws. In the second round Hulley got into the mix, nailing
66.81m, but throwing last, Bacskay also emerged with 67.35m, moving her into
seeing herself slip to third, Hulley responded on the very next throw in the
competition as she opened round three with 68.35m to take the lead. The throw
was just 40 centimetres short of her pre-games personal best. She nervously
waited until the end of the round, with no one improving.
her opposition had one throw each remaining. Hulley opened round four with a foul,
but on the very next throw China’s Xu threw big and incredibly it measured the
same distance as Hulley – 68.35m, but unfortunately on countback Xu took the
gold medal, with Hulley settling for silver.
stoked about the outcome. I don't care that it wasn't my best throw, it was
still amazing and the competition was great,” said Hulley. “There were so many
other great throwers out there, it just happens that today, on the day, they
didn't perform as well as they wanted to but I'm so happy."
women’s shot St George’s Grace Robinson
opened with 14.65m and with every throw built towards the finish when she
nailed 15.42m in round four to place seventh.
Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Alex Hulley (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)