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Copeland: Best ever

Emoni Narawa
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

FIJI'S javelin sensation Leslie Copeland shared his Glasgow Commonwealth Games experience would be one of the highlights of his sporting career.

The 26-year-old finished in the top 10 at Hampden Park where the men's javelin final was played. Copeland competed alongside the Olympic champion from Trinidad and Tobago, Keshorn Walcott.

The former Marist Brothers High School student and Coca-Cola Games gold medallist said it was not the wet weather condition that deterred his performance.

"(My throw) was not good," he told the Reporters Academy.

"It was technical problems again. I was starting to feel my shoulder which caused me to throw too high.

"Not everything went wrong and he was pleased with certain aspects such as his run up."

The weather certainly seemed to affect the quality of throws with the officials constantly trying to mop up the copious amounts of surface water.

Fifth placed, Stuart Farquhar managed to record just one distance out of six and even gold medallist, Julius Yego, failed to register on half of his throws.

The Olympic champion finished in the silver medal position.

When asked about his Glasgow experience, Copeland said; "I am so happy to have competed and I will never forget this moment... my highlight was getting to the final."

Copeland was unable to register a distance on his first attempt. His second throw went out to 68.16m, placing him ninth overall.

His third attempt saw him improve on this to 68.50m, but he was unable to break into the top eight.

His final position was a disappointing tenth.

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