FREYA Jones admits it was wishful thinking to base her hopes of throwing well in Glasgow on the roar of the Hampden crowd after injury had plagued her preparations.
The 20-year-old, from Chandler’s Ford, had been suffering with a bad back in the build up to her debut Commonwealth Games and unfortunately saw a lack of training stand out in her performance on Wednesday night.
Her first-round throw of 51.36m – exactly four metres below her personal best – was only good enough for tenth and saw her eliminated after three throws.
The future remains bright for Jones, who won the NCAA national javelin champion in 2013 as she studies at the University of Georgia in the US.
And she is determined to return to the international stage having felt the buzz of being cheered on by a rapturous British crowd.
“Obviously I was a bit disappointed with my result – my preparation coming into the Commonwealth Games wasn’t as good as I expected,” she said.
“I’ve had a really bad back but you’re supposed to get a massive adrenaline rush coming into the stadium and I did – the supporters were amazing.
“The atmosphere inside the stadium was exhilarating and I was hoping that would kick-fire me into throwing really far but that didn't happen on the day.
“The whole experience was pretty amazing and I’m really happy with the support Team England has given me.
“I’ll go back to training and hopefully next year I can get over the big 6-0.
“I’m going back to the States in a week’s time and I’ll get back into training and back into school – hopefully I can get big and strong for next year and get some good results.
“There wasn’t much of a wind – it was pretty steady and the massive blankets keep you warm before you fire one out there.”
Once her injury problems are fully behind her Jones will turn her attention to the European Under-23 championships, which take place in Estonia.
And just beyond that she admits it would be just perfect to compete in Gold Coast city four years from now and take gold.
“I’ve got European Under-23 next year which are my major goal,” she added. “I’m still really young so hopefully at the next Commonwealths in four years time I’ll show that I can kick some of the Australians’ asses.”
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