Athletics: Connor Bell wins Youth Olympics gold in discus

Connor Bell once conceded he was a "fat kid who liked to play PlayStation" - now he is a Youth Olympic Games discus champion after completing the performance of his life.

"I am absolutely stoked with how I went out there," Bell said.

"I just feel like I've done an awesome job, coming out here and performing in front of the world's best. I did so well and I’m just really proud of myself."

It took two days and a combined distance of 133.08m to secure gold - a dominant 18-metre victory.

"To get out on the board reasonably early in the competition was an absolute joy," Bell said

Bell threw 66.84m to go well ahead of the rest on day one of competition in Buenos Aires.

"I do not like to count my chickens before they hatch," Bell said. "After that first throw [today], you know that was a big one and that helped me relax a little bit."

The 17-year-old, who was coached by Dame Valerie Adams for a few months early in his career, admits he felt the pressure coming into the Youth Olympics.

"There was quite a bit of pressure coming into this… a lot of emotion and I’m just pleased I was able to pull it off."

For the first time during one of his competitions, the music was blaring and the New Zealand flag hung proud on the stands - and he used it to his advantage.

"I just had a bit of a dance, tried to shake all of the emotion out of me," he said.

"The coolest part was when I went to throw, the crowd disappeared, and it was just me and the discus."

Bell admits he has little time to celebrate the victory, knowing there are more milestones in his career that he'd like to achieve.

"This is a big tick off the checklist, it's a big milestone, but moving forward, world juniors is the next check on the checklist."

And after that, well, the world senior stage is calling too.

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