Retiring Novocastrian and 2010 champion Benn Harradine will contest the Commonwealth Games final of the men’s discus on Friday night after qualifying fourth on the Gold Coast.
The 35-year-old will enter Carrara Stadium for his last international competition having breezed through Thursday morning’s preliminary rounds.
Best of Harradine’s throws was his third and last at 61.64 metres. He opened with 55.63m to get on the board and followed up with 59.88m.
Fellow countryman and hammer throw silver medallist Matt Denny was third in a season-best 64.67m with Jamaican pair Fedrick Dacres (66.20m) and Travis Smikle (64.69m) the top two.
Australia’s Mitchell Cooper also made the 12-man final, which starts at 7:45pm.
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Meanwhile, Charlestown’s Erin Cleaver ended up fifth in in the women’s T38 100m final on Thursday night with a time of 14.43 seconds.
Cleaver, who has cerebral palsy and picked up silver in the women’s T38 long jump on Sunday, finished behind fellow Australians Rhiannon Clarke (national record of 13.17s) in second and Ella Pardy (13.48s) in fourth.
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