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A FIFTH Olympic qualifier in as many weeks has catapulted Tasmanian javelin thrower Hamish Peacock into career-best form two months out from the Rio Games.

After a frustrating season of near misses to the magical 83-metre mark, the 25-year-old UTas athlete landed three in one competition on a sensational night in Norway.

Peacock’s best of 84.25m in the final round of the Diamond League meet in Oslosaw him finish fourth behind German winnerThomas Roehler, but the Tasmanian’s consistency was demonstrated byhis series also including throws of 81.86, 83.84, 79.48, 82.90and 83.47.

It follows his maiden Olympic Games standard of 83.53from the Golden Grand Prix in Japan last month, before a new personal best of 84.39in his home town of Hobart and victory at a meet in the Spanish city of Huelva last weekend.

Peacock’s manager, former Athletics Tasmania president and six-time Olympic officialBrian Roe, said the 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist is beginning to develop some useful habits.

“For me, this was his best result in this level of company,” Roe said.“Hamish is doing all the right things as it gets closer to when it really matters.”

Roe said that to continue competing after round 3 in Diamond League meets, throwers must be in the top four.“It makes itfar more cut-throat so you’ve got to be on your guard right from the beginning.

“Hamish just missed out and finished fifth in Shanghai so it was an additional focus for him in Oslo.

“Also, his best throw came in the final round which is a good skill to have when things get tight at the end of championship meets.”

Roe said Peacock’s realistic aim on his Olympic debut in Rio will be to make the top 12 to qualify for the final, then the top eight which continue after the third round.

In a busy program for Tasmanian athletes in Europe, Peacock will next compete in Lucerne, Switzerland, on Tuesday,three days after Hobart’sLondon Olympian Tristan Thomas runs the 400-metre hurdles in nearby Geneva and five days before King IslanderStewart McSweyn contests the 3000m steeplechaseat theSavo Games in Finland.

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