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Harradine ends discus career

Harradine ends discus career Benn Harradine

TweetFacebook Benn HarradinePictures from AAPBenn Harradine bid an emotional farewell to international competition at CarraraStadium on Friday night as he brought his almostdiscus career to an end with a sixth in the men’s final at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

There were no medals for the 35-year-old Novocastrian this time around, but plenty of love from the crowd led by embraces with his Valentine-based parents Ken, also his coach, and Beth.

With his elbow strapped the 2010 champion’sbest throw was 59.92 metres, finishing just below Mitchell Cooper (60.40m) in fifth and Matt Denny (62.53m) in fourth.

“I’ve had a fantastic career,” the now Swedish-based three-time Olympian told Channel 7 after the event.

“I’m just happy to have started in Melbourne [Commonwealth Games, 2006] in front of a home crowd and then finish here on the Gold Coast.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better time and I’ve been able to share some special moments.”

Fedrick Dacres threw a Games record 68.20m to claim the title while fellow Jamaican Traves Smikle (63.98m) was second.

Apostolos Parellis (63.61m) of Cyprus got bronze.

Meanwhileformer University of Newcastle student Celia Sullohern, who is coach by Adamstown Olympian Scott Westcott, will contest the women’s 5000m final on Saturday (3:20pm) following a fighting sixth in the 10,000m decider on Monday night.

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