Stuart Farquhar

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    New Zealand New Zealand
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    15 MAR 1982
Stuart Farquhar (Getty Images)

Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
Javelin Throw 86.31 Hiroshima 29 APR 2012

Progression - Outdoor

Javelin Throw

Performance Place Date
2016 83.93 Sydney (SOPAC) 03 APR
2015 82.75 Hamilton, NZL 09 FEB
2014 79.69 Lahti 15 JUN
2013 81.07 Melbourne (Albert Park) 06 APR
2012 86.31 Hiroshima 29 APR
2011 84.21 Stockholm (Olympiastadion) 29 JUL
2010 85.35 Hamilton, NZL 13 FEB
2009 80.16 Brisbane 21 MAR
2008 83.23 Canberra 26 JAN
2007 78.08 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 31 AUG
2006 81.70 Sydney 03 FEB
2005 72.14 Hamilton, NZL 14 DEC
2004 79.68 Wellington 13 MAR
2003 76.41 Dunedin 22 MAR
2002 78.51 Hamilton 28 APR
2000 72.22 Hamilton 15 FEB
1998 63.82 Annecy (Park des Sports) 31 JUL

Honours - Javelin Throw

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
The XXXI Olympic Games 15q1 77.32 Rio de Janeiro (Estádio Olímpico) 17 AUG 2016
15th IAAF World Championships 10q1 78.30 Beijing (National Stadium) 24 AUG 2015
14th IAAF World Championships 9 79.24 Moskva (Luzhniki) 17 AUG 2013
The XXX Olympic Games 8 80.22 London (Olympic Stadium) 11 AUG 2012
13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 11 78.99 Daegu (DS) 03 SEP 2011
1st IAAF/VTB Bank Continental Cup 2010 5 78.29 Split (Poljud Stadion) 05 SEP 2010
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 7q2 78.53 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 21 AUG 2009
The XXIX Olympic Games 9q2 76.14 Beijing (National Stadium) 21 AUG 2008
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 11q1 78.08 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 31 AUG 2007
10th IAAF World Cup in Athletics 6 74.55 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 17 SEP 2006
28th Olympic Games 13q2 74.63 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 26 AUG 2004
IAAF/Coca Cola World Junior Championships 13q2 64.57 Santiago de Chile (E.Nacional) 21 OCT 2000
IAAF World Junior Championships 6q2 63.82 Annecy (Park des Sports) 31 JUL 1998


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Updated 30 August 2010

Stuart FARQUHAR, New Zealand (Javelin)

Born: 15 March 1982
Coach: Debbie Strange
1.90m/97kg

Stuart Farquhar was a typical New Zealand boy with a love of all sports.  During his school years his free time was spent playing one of New Zealand’s favourite summer games, cricket.  Farquhar excelled as a fast bowler and promising batsman.

His skill was noticed from an early age and he was selected to represent Northern Districts (provincial level) through the junior age-groups.  He feels that the skills he learnt in his formative years playing cricket have helped him immensely in his now chosen discipline of the Javelin.

Farquhar came to the attention of throws coach Debbie Strange during his early years at St Peters School. Strange also coached Beatrice Faumuina, New Zealand’s 1997 World champion in the Discus, for seven years. She invited him to train with her and this partnership has remained in force for well over ten years as Farquhar has continued to improve through the ranks and gone on to represent New Zealand at two Olympic Games.

“I could see that Stuart had a great natural ability to throw the javelin a long way and felt that, with some coaching, he could go on to produce some outstanding performances,” Strange said. “We established a good coach/athlete relationship and, as a result of lots of hard work, he has gone on to produce world-class throws.”

Farquhar continued with both Javelin and cricket until the end of Secondary School.  At this time he gave up cricket to concentrate on Javelin.  “I won both the national junior and senior titles while still playing cricket and this gave me the impetus to give Javelin my full attention,” Farquhar said. “I was lucky enough to have Gavin Lovegrove (4th World Championships 1991) to compete against during my first years of serious throwing.  He gave me some very good advice and was certainly a role model and inspiration for me.”

The 2004 Athens Olympic Games were the first major international that Farquhar qualified to compete in. “It was really an eye opening experience for me,” he said.  “The Olympics are the greatest meet of an athlete’s career and I had 36 competitors in my event. It was a huge learning experience and made me determined to become a better athlete and perform well at the next Olympics in Beijing.

“I went to the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne ranked 2nd in my event as I had just thrown a personal best in Sydney, going over the magic 80m mark for the first time. But things don’t always go the way you want them to and I was disappointed when I finished in 7th place.”

Farquhar went to the 2007 World Championships, in Osaka, on the strength of his 81.70 throw in Sydney the previous year but failed to fire, recording a disappointing 78.08 and failing to reach the final. “From then, leading up to this Olympics, I have really increased my training levels,” Farquhar said before Beijing. “I have worked hard on improving my technique and I feel that this and speed and power are coming together well. This regime is a difficult one and I spend a lot of time in the gym and at Porritt Stadium in my home town of Hamilton.”

Farquhar is a committed family man and married Leone in January 2008.  The couple have a child, Tyler.  Farquhar works part-time and looks after Tyler when not training or working. New Zealand does not provide much competition for Farquhar and, with his closest rivals in Australia, this requires regular absences from his family in order to travel overseas to get competition.

“I would really like to spend more time overseas competing against the best javelin throwers in the world but, unfortunately, I find it difficult to gather the financial resources required to do so,” he said.  “I also really miss my young ‘fella’ when I’m away from home. I don’t like missing key milestones as he grows up.”

Farquhar qualified for the Beijing Olympics with a throw of 83.23m in Canberra in early 2008. He competed in Beijing in May throwing just under 80m in two competitions.  Unfortunately at the Olympics he was not able to improve on his placing from four years earlier, leaving the competition in 20th place after having a few technical difficulties.

He continued to throw consistently around the 80m mark throughout 2009.  Farquhar competed in the Belgrade Universiade, gaining the silver medal with a throw of 79.48m, and was confident of a good result at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.  Unfortunately it was not to be as he failed to make the final finishing in 14th position.

Farquhar has had a strong year in 2010.  He improved his personal best to 85.35m at his home stadium in Hamilton.  He retained his national title again, and has thrown over 80m in five competitions this year (including three of his top four All-time best results). 

Farquhar will be representing Asia-Pacific at the Continental Cup in Split on 4-5 September before heading to New Delhi, where it is Commonwealth Games time again in October and Farquhar is looking to bring home a medal.  “I’m the top ranked Commonwealth competitor but there is always tough competition within the Commonwealth so I will have to produce near my best of the day to get a medal.”

Personal Best
85.35 (2010)

Yearly Progression
1998: 66.50; 2000: 72.22; 2001: 69.25; 2002: 78.51; 2003: 76.41: 2004: 79.68; 2005: 72.14; 2006: 81.70; 2007: 78.08; 2008: 83.23; 2009 – 80.16; 2010 – 85.35

Career Highlights
1998    6qB     World Junior Championships (Annecy)
2000    13qB    World Junior Championships (Santiago)
2004    13qB    Olympic Games (Athens)
2006    7th    Commonwealth Games (Melbourne)
2006    6th    World Cup (Athens)
2007    11qA    World Championships (Osaka)
2008    9qB    Olympic Games (Beijing)
2009    2nd    World University Games (Belgrade)
2009    7qB    World Championships (Berlin)

Prepared by Murray Taylor for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. © IAAF 2008-2010.

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