BRONZED AUSSIE: Bundaberg's Taryn Gollshewsky finished third at the recent University Games in Taipei in Discus.
BRONZED AUSSIE: Bundaberg's Taryn Gollshewsky finished third at the recent University Games in Taipei in Discus. Contributed

Taryn gets traction in wet, wins bronze

ATHLETICS: Rain, hail, or shine, nothing was going to stop Bundaberg's Taryn Gollshewsky.

The 25-year-old was intent on making up for a disappointing IAAF World Championships with a good performance at the University Games in Taipei.

She responded in the perfect way.

Battling wet and windy conditions, Gollshewsky delivered a textbook throw at the end of the competition to claim bronze with a distance of 58.11m.

"The conditions weren't ideal,” she said.

"The final was held at 7pm and it started to pour with rain.

"My first few attempts were horrible.”

Gollshewsky, with her first attempt of 53.82 metres, did enough to qualify for the next round and three extra throws.

That's when she made her mark.

"The rain eased which made it easier,” Gollshewsky said.

"I then pulled it off when it counted.

"I was stoked, over the moon and had plenty of relief I achieved what I wanted to.”

It was Gollshewsky's first medal on the international stage.

"I've won medals at Asian championships but this was the biggest,” she said.

"It's a phenomenal feat and I'm part of the top athletes in the world.”

Gollshewsky said it made amends for her World Championships debut where she finished 27th.

"It was tough, I had two weeks notice and was tapering for late in August,” she said.

"My second throw was 61m and it would have been good enough for the final but it was a foul.”

Gollshewsky will take a break before the summer athletics season in Australia..



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