Kathryn Mitchell did not expect to have tears in her eyes when releasing her last throw in the women’s Commonwealth Games javelin final.
Having made the event her personal playground on her opening throw of 68.92m — which broke her own national record on the first attempt like it was no big deal — Mitchell was enjoying a romp through the final en route to gold.
But the emotions took hold on the last attempt as the scale of her achievement — only six female athletes have thrown further in history — began to set in.
“[The tears] were unplanned and obviously as the competition drew to a close and I realised [what I’d done], the reality started to set in, the emotion came out and I just let it come out. That was a special moment,” Mitchell said.
Compatriot and competitor Kelsey Lee-Roberts, who clinched silver alongside Mitchell with her very last throw of the night, said one could not help but be emotional, witnessing Mitchell’s incredible distances.
“That is definitely the most emotional I’ve been after a throw, after a comp, seeing Kathryn throw as well,” Lee-Roberts said.
“We all know how hard we have to work to get to that level. That is an incredible distance for her to throw in the stadium at a major championship.