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Tearful Medway thrower Shaunagh Brown stays upbeat after finishing 11th in 2014 Commonwealth Games hammer final

By Alex Hoad
Shaunagh Brown competes in the hammer throw at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Shaunagh Brown looked to the future and the Rio Olympics after her first senior international hammer final finished on a low note.

The 24-year-old Gillingham star qualified for Monday’s final at a packed Hampden Park courtesy of a throw of 59.37m on Sunday evening, ninth furthest of the 12 qualifiers, but was unable to better that mark in the final.

Chosen to throw first in the competition, nerves seem to strike Brown who hit the cage with her opening attempt and then threw 55.67m with throw two, still well below the Personal Best setin Sweden last month of 66.85m

Brown improved to 58.67m with her third throw, but as she was outside the top-eight she was unable to take her final three attempts, finishing 11th overall.

A tearful Brown reflected: “It was my first senior championship and a Commonwealth Games – I have learned a lot.

“Even the little things like getting used to the crowd, the noise, people everywhere telling you what to do and what time to do them...

“I was first to throw and it was a no-throw so straight away the pressure is on you and I was not mentally ready.

“After my third throw. I thought either go away and feel sorry for myself or think about the future and what I want to achieve. In two years time, watch out.”

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