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No fairytale ending for Levy

Published:Saturday | August 13, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Hammer thrower Daina Levy at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics yesterday.

It wasn't a fairy-tale ending for Daina Levy, Jamaica's first hammer thrower at an Olympic Games, but, for her, it was an experience that she will take with her as she looks to improve and continue her development.

Levy fouled on her first and last attempts and only managed to register a mark of 60.35 metres to finish at the foot of her qualification group inside the Olympic Stadium last night.

The thrower said she was honoured to represent the country at the Olympic Games and to have created history in the process, but underlined that she is not discouraged by the outcome and is instead focusing on pushing forward in the event.

"I foul my first attempts at pretty much every meet I've been to, so I wasn't too worried when I started with a foul. Even at that point, I was thinking that everything was OK, that I could do this. The second throw was awful. I knew what needed to be fixed, but it didn't work out for me this time around," she told reporters after her result.

"It was an honour to be here and compete as the first ever Jamaican hammer thrower, so that's an honour in itself. It didn't turn out the way I expected and wanted, but that's how it is sometimes. You take the ups and the downs when they come," Levy said. "The hard work that went in to get here in the first place, I will always carry with me."

- A.L.