Hobart javelin thrower Hamish Peacock improved on his Commonwealth Games bronze medal in Glasgow by claiming silver on the Gold Coast.
The 27-year-old Rio Olympian was a model of consistency, exceeding 79 metres with five of his six throws, the best of which was 82.59m.
But he couldn’t compete with Indian Neeraj Chopra, who landed a season’s best 86.47m.
Grenada’s Anderson Peters won the bronze with 82.20m.
“I was chasing the gold but still happy with silver and a full set would be nice in Birmingham,” Peacock said.
“Got to be happy with the silver medal, the winner was far too good today. That was a magnificent throw, just a centimetre off his best. He’s the world junior record holder and world junior champion and was well and truly the best man today.
“I haven’t thrown superbly this season so to come out and throw 82m in a big competition was very satisfying.”
After opening with 75.95m, Peacock recorded throws of 81.37, 79.05, 82.59, 79.74 and 79.42.
“It was relatively consistent. I still feel I’m capable of getting back into that top shape and feel like I’m going to pull out a really big one soon so that’s really good.”
The silver medal takes Tasmania’s Gold Coast total to 12 (eight gold and four silver) with four players set to feature in the hockey and basketball gold medal finals.
Jack Hale may have narrowly missed a medal but declared himself delighted after Australia finished fourth in the 4×100 metres
The 19-year-old from Hobart ran the third leg as the Aussies clocked a season’s best 38.58.
Trae Williams, Rohan Browning and Josh Clarke were also in the team that finished behind England (38.13), South Africa (38.24) and Jamaica (38.35).
“Really happy with that as a team and individually,” Hale said.
“I think I ran a really good leg compared to (the heat) yesterday. We picked it up a lot more as it shows with the time. That’s just awesome, everything’s going in the right direction for the years to come.
“Running a season’s best in a major final is just incredible and all the boys are so happy.
“We could’ve asked for more, obviously a medal would have been nice, but you can’t really control what others are doing so going out there and running our best was all we could do, and I think we did that.”
When Hale handed the baton over with 100m remaining, Australia was in a medal position but Clarke found himself up against the likes of South African Akani Simbine and Jamaican Yolanda Blake.
“Josh had some of the best sprinters in the world running at him, that’s a tough gig and he held up really well and just couldn’t hold on. But he ran super well – everyone stepped up from yesterday.”
Looking back on his maiden Commonwealth Games experience, Hale said: “I’m rapt. It’s a two-day adventure for me without the individual 100m but coming out here and running with these boys is just awesome. This could be the last time I experience a home crowd in a major event so I’ve just soaked it all in.”
Earlier on Saturday, Launceston-born basketballers Lucas Walker and Chris Goulding helped the Boomers qualify for Sunday’s gold medal final in which they will play Canada at 11.30am.
Hobart duo Eddie Ockenden and Jeremy Edwards were in the Kookaburras team taking on New Zealand in the men’s hockey final late on Saturday night.
THE STORY SO FAR
Ariarne Titmus: 200m freestyle, heat 1st, final SILVER; 4x200m freestyle relay GOLD; 800m freestyle, heat 1st, final GOLD; 400m freestyle, heat 1st, final GOLD
Jake Birtwhistle: men’s triathlon, SILVER; mixed teams relay GOLD
Amy Cure: women’s team pursuit, qualifying 1st, final GOLD; women’s points race, 7th; women’s scratch race GOLD
Georgia Baker: women’s points race, 21st
Rebecca Van Asch: bowls, women’s fours, d Papua New Guinea 41-1, d Cook Islands 15-9, d Namibia 23-9, d Malaysia 14-13, quarter-final d Malaysia 14-12, semi-final d Canada 10-9, final d South Africa 18-16 GOLD; women’s triples, d Papua New Guinea 32-12, d India 20-11, d Canada 20-13, d Fiji 24-9, quarter-final d Northern Ireland 30-5, semi-final d England 16-13, final d Scotland 21-12 GOLD
Chris Goulding, Lucas Walker: men’s basketball, d Canada 95-55, d New Zealand 79-73, d Nigeria 97-55, semi-final d Scotland 103-46