Video: Jacko Gill throws personal best to qualify for World Championships

  • 21/01/2017

New Zealand Olympic Shot-putter Jacko Gill has thrown a personal best at the Throwing With the Stars event in Lower Hutt today.

Gill's throw of 21.01 was enough for the 22-year old to qualify for these years World Championships in London, and the 2018 Commonwealth games on the Gold Coast.

His previous best throw was 20.83 metres, which he threw at Christchurch last year.

"It means a lot to finally get that 21 metre throw," said Gill, who was competeing for the first time since the Rio games.

Gill has been recovering from a broken foot (Jones Fracture). He opted to let the injury heal naturally instead of having surgery.

The injury effected his performance in Rio where he finished ninth, but Gill still believes he made the right decision not to have surgery.

"People wanted me to have surgery but I don't like surgery," said Gill.

"The foot is holding up nicely and it's not sore at the moment."