Herculis Diamond League Meeting – 20 July 2012
Nick Willis was still over the moon hours after smashing his New Zealand national 1500m record at the Diamond League meeting. Willis finished third in 3m 30.35s, slicing 1.44s off the record set in the same race last year. He also bettered Ryan Gregson’s Oceania record of 3m 31.06s set in the 2010 Monaco race.
Asbel Kiprop won in 3m 28.88s, from fellow Kenyan Nixon Chepseba who clocked 3m 29.77s.
Willis said that he couldn’t have asked for anything better two weeks out from the 1500m heats at the London Olympic Games.
“The Kenyans asked for a very fast race and fortunately for me they were good enough to keep it going and I sort of hung on the back of all the African runners. I felt fantastic with a lap to go and I started winding it up with 200m to go,” said Willis.
“I passed a few guys down the home straight and finished third and a huge PB, I’m just over the moon.
“It’s nice to finally see the result of what I’ve been realising in training the last month or so, which has been indicating such a performance was about to happen.”
Willis said that his training has been geared towards any style of race the Kenyans decide to adopt in the Olympic final.
“My speed is better than it’s ever been before and now this (race) has shown that my sustained endurance speed is good as well, so hopefully I’m ready for any type of situation.”
“The last two weeks have been jogging and some easy strides to tick over. I’m going to do a 600m time trial on Wednesday, I’ve got some 47 second 400m runners pacing me and that will get me ready for a final 600m kick in the championships. I’m on the up and up each week; that’s the plan,” he added.
Stuart Farquhar was also competing in Monaco where he finished sixth in the javelin throw with 75.84m (x, 73.16m, 74.49m, 74.31m, 75.84m, 75.78m). Oleksandr Pyatnytsya of Ukraine won with a throw of 82.85m.
Spitzen Leichtathletik, Lucerne – 17 July 2012
In her final competition before defending her Olympic crown Valerie Adams produced a season’s best shot put of 21.11m.
Her series during the competition was: (20.72m, 20.91m, 21.01m, 21.11m, x, 20.86m). Adams was just 13cm short of her New Zealand record set in winning the world title in Daegu South Korea last year. She was well clear of second placed Nadine Kleinert of Germany who recorded 18.91m.
22nd Memorial Rasschaert Meeting, Ninove – 21 July 2012
Tama Toki 100m heat 10.67s (-0.8), final 4th 10.62s (+0.7), 200m 4th 21.03s (+1.3). Frazer Wickes 200m 2nd B race 21.49s (+1.5), Alex Jordan 7th 21.87s. Andrew Whyte 1st 400m C 46.42s. Julian Matthews 1500m 7th 3m 42.33s, Zane Robertson 9th 3m 43.79s, Tim Prendergast Ht 3 9th 3m 52.58s. Jake Robertson 5000m 6th 13m 32.22s, Malcolm Hicks 12th 13m 47.14s PB. Michael Cochrane 110m hurdles B 3rd 14.88s (+0.4), 400m hurdles C 1st 51.78s. Tom Walsh shot put 1st 18.60m (meet record), discus throw 6th 46.15m. Fiona Morrison 100m 1st Ht 5 12.55s (0.0), 100m hurdles 1st 13.87s (+0.4). Angie Smit 800m 4th 2m 1.18s. Caroline Mellsop 3000m steeplechase 4th 10m 19.42s. Te Rina Keenan discus throw 1st 52.97m, shot put 2nd 14.85m. Liz Lamb high jump 2nd 1.85m.
Gentse Feesten Meeting, Gent – 18 July 2012
Tom Walsh first shot put 18.45m (17.59m, x, 18.05m, 17.97m, 18.26m, 18.45m). Te Rina Keenan third shot put 14.82m (14.60m, 14.70m, 14.18m, 14.82m, 14.35m, 13.58m), first discus throw 50.14m (49,96m, 49.07m, x, 50.14m, 48.34m x). Michael Cochrane third 110m hurdles 14.76s (+3.7). Caroline Mellsop 8th 3000m steeplechase 10m 13.12s PB. Julian Matthews 11th 1500m 3m 46.82s.
Folksam Grand Prix, Karlstad – 19 July 2012
Angie Smit 7th 800m 2m 4.54s. Liz Lamb 5th high jump 1.75m.
61st Cork City Sports, CIT Stadium Cork – 17 July 2012
Lucy Van Dalen won the mile in 4m 31.78s to now rank third on the New Zealand all time list. Elizabeth Lamb won the high jump clearing 1.84m. In the 3000m Jake Robertson finished fifth in 8m 4.57s and twin brother Zane was tenth in the mile in 4m 3.05s. Malcolm Hicks was seventh in the mile in 4m 2.33s and Matt Lambert 15th in the 3000m in 8m 21.54s.
Olympic Warm-Up Meeting, Cardiff International Sports Stadium – 18 July 2012
Fiona Morrison was third in the 100m hurdles in 14.56s (-2.5) with Sarah Cowley fourth in 14.67s. Cowley was also sixth in the 100m in 13.18s (-2.8). Ben Langton Burnell was fifth in the javelin throwing 64.90m. Brent Newdick eighth in the long jump 6.75m (+1.8). Hollie Robinson fourth in the U/20 600g javelin 28.49m.
New Zealand was third in the men’s 4 x 400m relay (Andrew Whyte, Alex Jordan, Frazer Wickes, Tama Toki) in 3m 8.88s.
Amsterdam Open Meeting, Amsterdam – 21 July 2012
Monique Williams was sixth in the 100m in 11.84s (+0.4) and fourth in the 200m in 24.00s (-0.2).
Eef Kamerbeek Games, Eindhoven – 15 July 2012
Fiona Morrison 100m hurdles 3rd 13.88s (-0.4), Michael Cochrane 400m hurdles 1st 51.61s, Elizabeth Lamb high jump 1st 1.87m (named athlete of the meet), Te Rina Keenan shot put 3rd 14.72m (14.44m, 14.09m, x, 14.09m, 14.72m, 14.44m), discus throw 3rd 48.94m (46.86m, x, x, x, x, 48.94m).
Northland Cross Country Championships, Barge Park – 14 July 2012
Ian Calder won the senior 12km in 47m 6s from Mark Turner 50m 31s. Eryn Lovell from Takapuna won the women’s 8km in 34m 37s from Freya McCall 39m 52s. The masters 8km went to Ken Walker in 30m 14s, the masters women 6km to Janice Powell in 28m 41s, James Edwards collected the M16 6km in 22m 39s, Imogen Hull the W16 4km in 17m 41s and Amanda Still the G14 3km in 12m 25s.
Auckland Cross Country Championships, Barry Curtis Park East Tamaki – 21 July 2012
Alex Parlane was back in the winners’ circle two years after winning the national title, with victory in the Auckland championship on Saturday.
Parlane covered the six laps and 12km in 40m 18s, to head in Pakuranga club mate Jonny McKee by 11 seconds. John Schreuder of North Harbour Bays was third with Brent Henley fourth. A large group took up the front running with no one wishing to make a move over the first two laps.
Parlane said that he dropped off the pace after 5km.
“I lost about 10 metres on the third lap but got back on to them over the next circuit. I felt good and sort of made a move and then just held on to the finish,” he said.
“The season is heading in a positive direction,” said Parlane who is looking forward to the national championships in Hamilton in two weeks.
Lydia O’Donnell of North Harbour had the women’s title to herself winning by just over two minutes in the combined race with the junior men. O’Donnell recorded 31m 3s for the 8km, with Hamilton’s Maddie Brunton a distant second in 33m 9s.
“It was a little bit lonely, but it was good to have the boys in there, it would have been a bit tough without them,” said O’Donnell.
Tim Stewart of Hamilton decided to contest the Auckland championships in order to get more experience at racing over 8km.
Stewart added the Auckland junior win to the Waikato title won last week, taking out the race in 28 minutes, 41 seconds ahead of Declan Wilson.
Georgie Grgec had a close battle with Rachel Penney in the combined 6km race with the master women. Grgec won the junior women in 23m 26s with Penney the fastest of the masters in 23m 31s.
Twice Olympian in 1992 and 1996 Robbie Johnston was in a class of his own in the masters cutting out the 8km in 28m 48s. He beat Jon Healey by 24 seconds.
Pakuranga runners won the grade 16 races, David Lee in the boys and Jessica Morrison in the girls.
Manawatu Wanganui Road Championships – 22 July 2012
Chris Sanson won the senior 10.18km in 33m 20s from David Lovelock 34m 1s. Other winners were Rob Dabb M50 10.18km 38m 44s from Neil Mayo 38m 48s, Wendy Cottrell-Teahan W40 5.1km 18m 53s, Jamie Wells M19 10.18km 34m 52s, Georgia Black W19 5.1km 19m 10s, Christian Conder M16 5.1km 17m 19s, Peter Zwart 10.18km walk 58m 23s.
Tasman Cross Country Championships, Saxton Field – 21 July 2012
Phil Costley made no race of the senior 10km winning as he liked in 32m 53s. He was six minutes ahead of Stuart Grange of Takapuna. Graeme Taylor won the masters 8km in 26m 50s from Cliff Bowman 28m 27s. Mike Lowe won the M20 8km in 26m 48s, Jeff Lautenslager the M17 6km in 20m 39s, Jess Martin the W17 4km in 15m 15s and Eileen Beattie the MW 6km in 29m 56s.
Canterbury Cross Country Championships, Halswell Quarry – 21 July 2012
Sam Wreford won the senior 12km in 36m 52s, from Callan Moody 37m 38s and Brett Tingay 38m 38s, with Daniel Balchin fourth in 38m 50s. Nicki McFadzien won the senior women’s 8km in 28m 19s, from Reubyn Bisschops 29m 8s and Flora Brocherie 29m 30s. Jack Moody took out the M19 8km in 26m 21s, from Thomas Holmes 26m 36s and Zac Barber 27m 36s. Laura Steffens won the W19 6km in 23m 8s from Sophie Evans. M16 winners were Sean Eustace 6km in 20m 25s, 19 seconds ahead of Daniel Coates and Rosa Flanagan 4km in 13m 43s, 1m 46s ahead of Annie Vincent. Leonie Kaywood W45 was the best of the master women running the 6km in 24m 6s. Richard Bennett M45 blitzed the master men with a time of 26m 57s for the 8km.
Southland Handicap 3 – 21 July 2012
Glen Mcleay won the third of the Southland handicap series, overtaking Evan MacIntosh and Linda Te Au in the last 100 metres of the 6.6km bush track course around the Otatara Reserve. Ricky Gutsell had fastest time with 27.54 ahead of Jack Beaumont 28.10 and Mcleay 28.19. Kathleen Maclachlan with 33.54 was fastest woman. Albie Small won the junior 2.2km race while Liam Cullen had fastest time and Hannah Miller was fastest girl. Top five in the series after three of five the races – seniors: Graham Neilson 27, Ricky Gutsell 39, Evan MacIntosh 39, Alistair Hatton 42, Linda Te Au 43; juniors: Gareth Reid 22, Kendra Finnerty 24, Hannah Chatfield 33, Holly Pierce 33, Lucy Pierce 35. (lowest points wins).
IAAF CENTENARY – 1912-2012 100 YEARS OF ATHLETICS EXCELLENCE
This is Oceania’s message sent to the IAAF on the occasion of the IAAF’s centenary:
With an amazing history the IAAF can be justly proud of its achievements since its humble beginning with 17 signatories in 1912 to have grown to include 212 Member Federations worldwide becoming a truly global family with participation numbering in the millions and supported by a massive network of coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers. With advances in media technology through those years the sport has achieved viewers and followers in the billions.
This IAAF Centenary Year is an opportunity to reflect upon 100 years of athletics – its development and reach to every corner of the planet – forging the skills that form the foundation of every other sport and that year upon year has seen men, women and children strive to perform at their best in schools, clubs and at regional, national and international levels.
During this Centenary, Oceania celebrates its legends... Jackson, Williams, Landy, Cuthbert, Strickland, Halberg, Elliot, Snell, Clarke, Walker, Mottram, Hooker, Saxby, Freeman, Adams, Pearson...... a selection of the many athletes that have mixed it with the Worlds’ best and those who continue to shape the sport and inspire our youth to rise to take up the baton as the next generation of athletes that will make their mark in the Region and on the World stage in 2012 and beyond.
On behalf of the 20 IAAF Member Federations of the Oceania Area, the Oceania Athletics Association congratulates the IAAF on its outstanding past and the achievement of its Centenary.
IAAF Centenary celebrations will continue throughout the year. The World Athletics Gala on 24 November will be the centre piece of a weekend of celebrations in Barcelona, Spain which will be attended by dozens of legendary champions from athletics history.
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