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Farquhar hurls Olympic qualifying throw

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/04/2016

Evergreen New Zealand javelin thrower Stuart Farquhar has unleashed his best distance for four years to clear the Olympic qualifying mark.

Farquhar, 34, hurled the javelin 83.93m at the Australian track and field championships in Sydney on Sunday to eclipse the Athletics NZ A-qualifying standard by 93cm, leaving him poised to compete at a fourth successive Games.

After opening with 81.71m and then a foul throw, Farquhar produced his winning throw, the longest since his personal best of 86.31m in Japan in 2012.

Farquhar is a veteran of top flight meets but his only medal was a silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

He has improved through each of his three previous Olympic tilts, placing 25th in 2004, 20th in 2008 and ninth four years ago in London.

Farquhar has also competed at five world championships.

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