Dani Samuels has won Commonwealth Games gold in the women’s discus in Glasgow.
Samuels’ best throw of 64.88 metres, an improvement of just over 30 centimetres on her qualifying throw, gave her the gold.
Samuels first came onto the scene at just 17 years of age, when she won a bronze in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
She didn’t have a chance to earn a medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi after she pulled out because of health and security concerns around the event.
Now 26 years old, Samuels, a product of Greystanes Little Athletics, has a Commonwealth Games gold to add to youth, junior and senior world championship victories in the discus event.
Samuels’ nearest competitor, Seema Punia of India, was more than three metres behind the champion, with a mark of 61.61 metres.
Jade Lally, of England, took home the bronze medal with a mark of 60.48 metres her best effort.
Both Punia and Lally set season best distances with their throws in the final but were no match for Samuels who took out the event despite being a few metres short of her season best distances.