Eleebana Olympian's final throw

ELEEBANA'S Benn Harradine has finished ninth in the discus final of the London Olympics.

The 29-year-old produced three throws of 58.24 metres, 63.16m and 63.59m, and missed the cut for the second stage of the decider.

The top eight of the 12 finalists received an extra three throws.

The gold medal was won by Germany's Robert Harding with 67.79m

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

He threw 64.00m in the qualifiers, which also was ranked ninth.

Harradine said he had mixed emotions about his performance.

He was proud to have competed in an Olympic final but disappointed he did not produce a top-drawer throw.

He vowed to continue competing until the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, which would be his third campaign.

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

Read Robert Dillon's full interview with Benn Harradine in tomorrow's Newcastle Herald.

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