Eleebana discus thrower into Olympic final

ELEEBANA discus thrower Benn Harradine is into the final of the London Olympics after qualifying ninth in the heats.

Harradine managed a best throw of 64.00 metres from his three attempts -- the second of which was a foul -- to secure his place among the 12-man final.

"The first round was a good one,'' he said.

"I was relieved and excited to get that first throw out there.

"It was a consolidation throw, it got rid of the nerves."

Harradine, who has been training in Sweden for the past few months, said he felt well prepared to do some damage in the decider.

"I feel like I've got a good plan now and a good routine,'' he said.

"I just need to focus and avoid distraction.

"Mentally, I feel great. I'm just going to chill out tonight and watch the guys on the track."

The top qualifier was Estonia's Gerd Kanter, with 66.39m.

Harradine boasts a personal-best throw of 67.53m, which is an Australian record.

The 29-year-old is competing at his second Olympics.

He finished 31st in Beijing and missed the final after being struck down with Ecoli virus just weeks before those Olympics started.

The final will be held on Wednesday at 4.45am.

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