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Copeland ends run

Rashneel Kumar
Monday, August 04, 2014

LESLIE Copeland finished disappointingly in the men's javelin at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland early yesterday.

The 26-year-old qualified for the finals after recording a distance of 75.59 metres in the preliminary rounds of the competition.

However, Copeland wasn't able to improve on that distance and managed 68.50m to finish 10th in the final.

"My speed was good but it was small technicalities that let me my arm kept dropping," Copeland told the Reporters Academy after the preliminary rounds of competition.

Eugene Vollmer, who took part in the men's triple jump event, tried his best but was not able to make the finals.

The 25-year-old needed to jump at least 16.40m for automatic qualification or finish in the top 12 positions.

Vollmer's first jump saw him set an impressive 15.62m, marginally off his season's best of 15.68m. His second jump saw him improve to a distance of 15.79, a new season's best.

This provided promise going into his last jump but it was not to be, as it was judged a foul.

Vollmer finished a respectable thirteenth, just one place away from the final, and an additional distance of just 0.06m more would have seen him qualify.

"I could have done better but I gave it my best," Vollmer said.

"I'm happy with my performance because it was consistent and I know I will do better in the future.

"I will spend more time on my technique but I think my speed and strength is as good as the others."

England maintains its lead with 56 gold, 55 silver and 54 bronze medals followed by Australia with 45 gold, 42 silver and 45 bronze medals.

Canada is on third with 31 gold, 16 silver and 34 bronze medals.

The Commonwealth Games will end today (Fiji time).

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