Shot put thrower Sarah Thorpe wins silver medallion

RUNNER UP: Sarah Thorpe with her silver medal after competing at the Oceania Area Athletics Championships. Photo: Supplied

RUNNER UP: Sarah Thorpe with her silver medal after competing at the Oceania Area Athletics Championships. Photo: Supplied

SARAH Thorpe has delivered on her promise to come back with a win for shot put after earning herself a silver medal at the Oceania Area Athletics Championships.

The 18-year-old returned from last week’s three-day event in Vanuatu with an improvement, bumping herself up from a bronze medal last year to a silver.

However, she is yet to beat her personal best of 14 metres since the Australian Athletes Championships in February.

Thorpe said she was feeling confident moments before stepping into the arena.

“While I was over there, my training went well and I was ready,” she said.

“On the day of competition I felt a little nervous but later my nerves were used to pump me up.

“My first throw started off rough and I knew I had to start performing better to medal and I did.”

Thorpe said despite missing out on a personal best, she was happy with her performance and the determination she showed to place second.

“This was my first time competing in open category at an international level,” she said.

“The competition was tough but (it) was a fun environment.”

Thorpe’s next competition, DownUnder Championships, will be held at the Gold Coast in July to compete in the open category against Americans.