Worrell saves best for last
Journalist: Saxon Durrant
Val Worrell saved her best for last with a gold medal winning throw under great pressure at the WA Athletics Stadium yesterday.
Worrell held off stiff competition from Great Britain’s Anne Martin to claim the W80 title.
Britain’s Martin was leading through the first five rounds until Worrell had an exceptional final throw of 23.90m.
With Martin throwing last, she had the opportunity to snatch back the gold in dramatic fashion, only for her effort to hit the net and be ruled out.
Worrell was happy, but said she was just glad it’s over, having been pushed to her limits by Martin through the whole contest.
“There was lots of pressure and I must admit I didn’t think I’d get there at all, I really didn’t,” Worrell said.
Worrell had seemed annoyed by her earlier attempts and admitted she was only thinking about calming down and relaxing before her final throw.
“I was thinking relax and just do it,” Worrell said.
The gold medallist heaped the praise on Martin, saying that she was a fantastic competitor and should be congratulated her on her performance.
Martin, who trains at the Wyndham Athletics centre in Norfolk, England said that she was thrilled with the result and never expected to win.
“It’s great fun, I’m basically a runner and I’m reinventing myself so this is great and I enjoyed it,” Martin said.
In the 85-90 category, Marcia Petley threw 20.10m to hold off compatriot Clasina Van der Veeken in a New Zealand gold silver finish.