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Nick Miller: 'It is a fantastic achievement'

Team England hammer thrower Nick Miller talks to Sports Mole about his silver-medal success at the Commonwealth Games.

Team England hammer thrower Nick Miller has hailed his silver medal at the Commonwealth Games as a "fantastic achievement" so early on in his career.

The 21-year-old finished in second place at Hampden Park this evening with a best throw of 72.99m, just 1.14m behind gold medallist Jim Steacy of Canada.

After the event, Miller told Sports Mole that he was a little disappointed at having missed out on the ultimate prize, but was pleased with his performance as a whole in Glasgow.

England's Nicholas Miller on his way to silver in the men's hammer throw on July 29, 2014© Getty Images

You've just won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games. How does that feel?

"Really good. I'm just really excited by it. It's a great experience."

Were you expecting such a good performance going into today?

"Honestly I thought there was a good chance of winning, but I just couldn't produce it tonight. So I just put everything in there and just enjoyed the experience."

Is there a tinge of disappointment at having missed out on the gold?

"Yeah of course, a little bit of me is a bit upset I didn't win but part of me is just 'what a fantastic achievement'. I'm still young, I've still got a lot to accomplish. It's a good starting point."

Winning silver is obviously a very good result, but were you happy with your performance as a whole today?

"Performance-wise I did good, I knew after my second throw that if I wanted to win I just had to go after it. So the last four throws, I just put everything into it hoping I'd catch a huge throw. Unfortunately that didn't happen."

At just 21, you still have your best years ahead of you. Are you excited about what the future holds?

"Yeah, definitely. I have three-week break now and then I go back and start working with my coach back in the States and just building for the next year."

Is this an important milestone to have achieved so early on in your career?

"Yeah, definitely. It's lovely to get a medal with all my family here. Just a great accomplishment in general."

Psychologically it must also help you to know that you can compete and win medals at a major meet?

"Yeah, knowing that I can perform on the day and throw with the big guys is just a great thing to accomplish at such a young age."

Scotland's Mark Dry completed the hammer podium by picking up bronze.


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England's Nicholas Miller on his way to silver in the men's hammer throw on July 29, 2014
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