11:31AM, Monday 02 August 2021
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British champion Taylor Campbell failed to qualify for the men’s hammer throw final after only managing 71.34m in the Olympic stadium this morning.
The Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC (WSEH) athlete was short of the mark needed to progress to Wednesday’s final, finishing 28th overall.
There was better news for teammate Nick Miller, who comfortably progressed in sixth place with a throw of 76.93m.
But he’ll have to raise his level to match the likes of Poland’s Wojciech Nowicki, who threw 79.78m – better than the gold medal winning throw in Rio – to qualify in top spot.
World champion Pawel Fajdek, also from Poland, managed 76.46m to qualify ninth overall.
It will be a major disappointment for Campbell, who said before travelling to Japan he hoped to shake up the established order, reach the final and ‘take a few notable scalps’.
He hasn’t managed to do that at this Games, but this was his first experience of the Olympics and it’s still been a really promising few months for the WSEH athlete.
A few weeks ago, in Hungary he smashed the Olympic qualifying mark, throwing 78.23m, and was crowned British champion a couple of weeks later with a throw of 75.10m.
However, speaking with the Advertiser a few weeks ago he acknowledged the need to reach distances of 75-76m more consistently.