DESPITE retaining the gold medal at the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna, Leslie Copeland said he was not happy with his performance.
And with an injured hip, he did perform way below his standard.
Competing at Kafika Stadium, the national record holder was up against eight strong throwers.
After his first attempt was declared a no throw, he managed a throw of 64.84m.
With his third attempt he managed to win gold with a throw of 67.84m.
No other competitor could throw over 66m.
But on his fourth throw, he reached 68.62m, which confirmed his gold medal.
After the last competition Copeland said he could have done better.
"I am not really happy because this was a below par performance," the former Marist Brothers High School student said.
"But I am glad I won the gold medal and I did not aggravate my hip injury in the process."
Vaha'afenua Tipotio of the host nation won the silver medal with a throw of 66.79m and his fellow countryman Valentin Tuhimutu settled for bronze at 65.21m.
The event was Copeland's one and only during competition and he will be returning to Fiji tomorrow.
"Now I go back to recover from my injury because this is my last competition for the year.
"But I will be back training soon because the eventual aim is 2016 Rio (Olympic Games)."
The 24-year-old thanked his family, friends and coach James Goulding for helping him win the medal.
"Their support has been so huge and it has kept me going all this time and I dedicate this win to them."
Leslie's personal best is 80.45m.