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Hobart’s Danielle McConnell said she was delighted with her eighth-place finish in the women’s hammer throw.

The US-based 24-year-old produced a season’s best throw of 59.60m, having earlier recorded distances of 54.56m and 59.55m to reach the final eight.

Her personal best of 63.15m was set in Lexington, USA, last year.

“It was good, I was happy with it,” she said.

“It was my first international competition, so to make top eight and throw a season’s best, I was really happy with that.”

When competition heavyweights Jillian Weir, of Canada, and England’s Sophie Hitchon were both fouled out from the field of 11 at a packed Carrara Stadium, McConnell was one of three Australians in the final eight.

“I wasn’t expecting that to happen, so I’ll be gloating to my friends that I beat them,” she said.

“That was insane. The home crowd was absolutely incredible.”

Compatriots Alexandra Hulley (68.20m) and Lara Nielsen (65.03m) claimed silver and bronze respectively behind New Zealand’s winner Julia Ratcliffe (69.94m).

Since 2014, McConnell, of Eastern Suburbs Athletics Club, has been based in Tuscaloosa where she is on an athletics scholarship with the University of Alabama.

A former Cosgrove High and Elizabeth College student, McConnell is making her Commonwealth Games debut but has extensive international experience at Pacific School Games (gold in 2008), world youth championships (13th in 2011) and world juniors (13th in 2012)

She has also won three junior Australian titles and was a senior silver medallist in 2013.

“I’m going back to America to continue competing for my university over there in Alabama,” she said.

“Our season just started so I get to get straight back into training.”