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Hulley hammers out silver in Nanjing

Hulley hammers out silver in Nanjing

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Monday, 25 August 2014/Categories: News

25 August 2014

Hulley hammers out silver in Nanjing

Last night in Nanjing at the second Youth Olympic Games, Alex Hulley claimed NSW’s third medal, winning silver in the hammer throw.


After an 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 competiton.


Hulley 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 second place.


After 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.


She and 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.


"I'm 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."


In the 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.


David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW

Image:  Alex Hulley  (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)


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