Dani Samuels enjoyed two scorching throws to comfortably take out the women’s discus gold medal in Glasgow on Saturday morning.
Samuels could have won the event on her very first throw of 62.30m, which already had her competitors under pressure, before extending the margin on her third throw of 64.88m.
India’s Seema Punia came second with 61.61m, while England’s Jade Lally’s 60.48m was good enough for bronze.
Speaking to Channel 10, Samuels said her dominance in the final came despite “not getting the right angles.”
“Amazing. To come away with my first gold medal feels great,” she said.
“I had trouble with getting the right angles. I nailed it on the third. This is one of those times where placing matters more than the performance.”
Samuels credited her charge to her coach, saying “a few fresh starts” have helped keep her focus.
“Variety is the key. I have a great support team. I have to thank my coach. Everyone has helped me out this year,” she said.
“With their positivity and eagerness, I have gotten that confidence to go out and be happy and relaxed.”
She says her gold in Glasgow is just the beginning as she looks to push the envelope.
“Seventy metres would be a great achievement,” she said.
“I have another month here and hopefully I can improve and get a personal best.”