Amir Williamson hoping to get the job done early in hammer qualification at Commonwealth Games

Amir Williamson will be looking to throw over 70 metres again

Amir Williamson will be looking to throw over 70 metres again

First published in Sport

HAMMER thrower Amir Williamson would like his first competitive experience of the Commonwealth Games to be a brief one today.

Williamson, 27, is hoping to seal a place in tomorrow night’s hammer final in qualifying today and he would love to do it with his first throw.

Any thrower that posts a distance of 70m or beyond at Hampden Park today will be guaranteed a spot in tomorrow night’s final.

“It would be nice to nail it in round one and then know it’s job done and I’m in the final, that’s the plan,” said Williamson, from Linford near Stanford-le-Hope.

“I’m just going to go out there today and throw hard from the start. Some guys are different and view qualifying differently but my aim for these Games is to throw as hard as I can today, get into the final, and do the same again tomorrow night.

“If you think differently and slow it down, that’s when you can get in trouble.”

The top 12 across two pools of hammer throwers will qualify for tomorrow night’s final, with Williamson going in the second pool which starts at 12.55pm.

If he is unable to throw the automatic qualification of 70m or more, Williamson believes 67 to 68m will be the cut-off point for the final.

“It’s well within my capabilities,” said Williamson who has thrown over 70m twice in his career including once this season.

London firefighter Williamson has now had about a month away from his job based at East Greenwich Station and says preparations could not have gone better.

“Everything has gone really well,” he said. “It took a little while adjusting to not having to go to work and being back in full-time training but training has gone really well.

“We’ve got everything you need up here in Glasgow to keep us relaxed when we are not training as well, so I feel like I’m ready.

“I went into the stadium on Saturday for the first time and it was pretty impressive. I think there’s going to be an amazing atmosphere in there. I’ve got my family and friends coming up to watch me today and I can’t wait now.”

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