4 Sep 2011

Farquhar second last, De Zordo hits it hard for javelin gold

10:32 am on 4 September 2011

Little joy for New Zealand at the world athletics championships in South Korea on the weekend, with javelin thrower Stuart Farquhar 11th in the final and middle distance runner Nick Willis last in the 1500 metres.

Farquhar's best throw was over seven metres off the pace set by the winner, Matthias de Zordo of Germany.

De Zordo says he "hit it hard" on the first attempt to condemn Norway's defending champion Andreas Thorkildsen to javelin silver, his first throw of 86.27 metres enough to take the Norwegian's title in Daegu, which was just as well as De Zordo injured his ankle after his fourth attempt and needed treatment.