Discus queen Taryn Gollshewsky.
Discus queen Taryn Gollshewsky. Darryn Smith Atha

Tears of joy as Taryn qualifies

IT has been a case of so near, yet so far, for Bundaberg discus queen Taryn Gollshewsky this season.

Time and again she has looked set to throw the world junior qualifying distance of 47.5m only to fall painfully short.

Brisbane’s Athletics Classic on Saturday looked as if it would be the usual story when her second last throw was just 2cm short of the mark.

Gollshewsky was devastated, her tears were such that she could barely return to the circle for the final effort.

It must have been the raw emotion that made the difference — her final throw eclipsing the previously elusive mark by more than 20cm.

“It’s what I’ve been working towards for a few months now, and have come so close a few times,” the 16-year-old said.

“I was pretty upset when I was short again, I was in tears, swearing my head off, but somehow I threw a personal best.”

The 47.73m throw effectively puts one foot in the door for Gollshewsky for this year’s world juniors in Moncton, Canada.

Two athletes will be selected to compete for Australia in the discus event.

The more qualifiers she throws, the more likely she is to be selected, but at this stage only the Elliott Heads athlete and 18-year-old Kim Mulhall have made the cut.

“Kim is older and is throwing 53m, but if I could get in this year I’m still eligible for another world champs, so whatever happens this year is a bonus,” she said.

Gollshewsky was her typical self when she predicted she could get better before July’s championships.

“I was so emotional when I threw, I think if I was more controlled I could have got more distance,” she said.Her 2009 best of 46.48m ranked her 10th overall among Australian women, but having already improved on that this year by over a metre, it is clear Taryn’s journey is not finished yet.

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