Above: Tom Walsh winning his second World Indoor shot put title in Birmingham. Photo by Michael Steele / Getty Images.
IAAF World Indoor Championships, Arena Birmingham, Birmingham – 1/4 March 2018
Tom Walsh retained his world indoor shot put crown with a record breaking throw of 22.31m.
He recorded 22.13m twice in the early rounds and then with the title in the bag came up with a massive 22.31m on his final attempt to set a championship record, and Oceania record and a New Zealand national record.
David Storl of Germany was second with 21.44m and Tomas Stanek of the Czech Republic was third also with 21.44m. Seven athletes were over 21.00m in the contest, the most ever for an indoor shot put competition.
Walsh said that was what he went to Birmingham to do.
“I came here to win and it’s great to throw a games record at the same time, it’s not what you do it for but I knew I had to throw well into the 22’s,” he said.
“I’ve been around a bit now and being more comfortable at it just makes it that more easier. I know exactly what I need to do and I’ve been successful at a few of them now and it’s just a great feeling to keep doing it and keep making New Zealand proud.”
Walsh's throw, just two days after his 26th birthday, added 0.10m to his national and Oceania record and was 0.07m further than the previous championship record of 22.24set by East German Ulf Timmermann back in 1987. The world indoor record is 22.66m set by Randy Barnes in Los Angeles in 1989.
Walsh has now won the last three world shot put titles contested - the 2016 Indoor, 2017 Outdoor and 2018 Indoor Championships. He will also battle it out with five of the top 16 in Birmingham in Athletics NZ's International meetings in Timaru, Christchurch and Waitakere in late March before going on to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Eliza McCartney finished fourth in the pole vault. After early clearances at 4.50m and 4.60m, the 21 year old made 4.70 on her third attempt to stay alive in the completion and assure herself of a top six finish. A first up clearance at 4.75 promoted McCartney into a medal position and as the bar was raised she sat in second place. She was unable to clear 4.80 with three solid attempts but three others, Sandi Morris (USA), Anzhelika Sidorova (ANA) and Katerina Stefanidi (GRE) made 4.80m to cement themselves as the three medallists. McCartney’s 4.75m is new indoor personal best as well as a New Zealand and Oceania indoor record. It is 0.05m higher than she vaulted two years ago at the Portland 2016 World Indoor Championships for fifth place. Morris went on to clear a championship record 4.95m for the gold medal, Sidorova cleared 4.90m for silver and Stefanidi went no higher to claim the bronze medal.
It was a good return from McCartney in her first major international competition since last year’s Achilles worries.
“It’s my first international comp in quite a while, so just to be able to come here on a shorter run up and jump 4.75m isn’t too bad of an effort. I certainly knew I had more in me,” she said.
2 March: 3000m heats, Julian Oakley 7:55.92 (4H2) Q, Hamish Carson 8:14.40 (10H1) DNQ.
3 March: Tom Walsh shot put final 22.31m (1) (22.13, x, 22.13, x, x, 22.31). Eliza McCartney pole vault final 4.75m (NZ and Oceania indoor record) (4).
4 March: 3000m final, Julian Oakley 8:18.60 (9). Won by Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia in 8:14.41.
73rd Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon, Otsu City – 4 March 2018
Jake Robertson in his marathon debut set a New Zealand national record of 2:08:26 in finishing third after covering the first half in 1:03:56. The 28 year old clipped 33 seconds off Rod Dixon’s 1983 record set in winning the New York marathon. Robertson was 33 seconds behind Kenyan winner Macharia Ndirangu who was also running his first marathon. Ndirangu was 23 seconds ahead of compatriot Albert Korir in second.
On the way to his third placing Robertson also established New Zealand national records for 25km in 1:15:41, breaking Derek Froude’s 1984 record of 1:17:00 set in Melbourne and for 30km in 1:30:49 also breaking Froude’s record of 1:33:49 set in Hamilton Canada in 1994.
Athletics Auckland Meeting, Mt Smart Stadium – 3 March 2018
Julia Ratcliffe rounded out her preparations prior to the national championships with a hammer throw of 67.87m. She had a series of 63.48, 67.40, x, 67.24, 67.87 and 65.66m.
The 24 year old who threw 67.12m in Hamilton last week said it was great to be back competing.
“This is my second comp back after seven months of no competition and lots of rehab, so I’m so stoked to be back out there. The old crew is back together throwing so it’s so much fun.
“My collar bone joints had been a bit funny so I really had to take a bit of a break for a couple of months straight after world champs and the uni games and then a very long rehab process. I haven’t been back on the 4kg (hammer) for more than six weeks so I’m getting there,” said Ratcliffe.
Nicole Bradley was second with 62.22m and Ella Pilkington third 51.33m.
Matthew Bloxham shaped up for his defence of his national title with a throw of 60.79m with the 7.26kg hammer. Anthony Nobilo was out to 53.61m with the senior hammer. Rizvan Caukwell 6kg HT 47.02m PB.
Theo Quax dug deep to hold out Isaiah Priddey in the 800m recording 1:56.31. Priddey clocked 1:56.39 and national 3000m champion Peter Wheeler recorded a personal best of 1:56.65 for third. Stella Pearless ran a PB 2:13.35 to win the women’s 800m from Krystie Solomon 2:15.06. 12 year old Percy Maka set an Auckland age group record of 48.73m with the 1kg discus.
Dare Oye won the 100m in 11.78 (-4.1) from Tommy Te Puni 11.83. Te Puni came back later in the day and won the 200m in 22.65 (-2.1).
Nadia Evans (13) won the senior 100m in 13.39 and was third in the 200m in 26.91. Tamsin Harvey won the 200m in 23.43. Siositina Hakeai won the discus throw with 58.13m, with Te Rina Keenan throwing 53.43m. Alexander Parkinson won the senior discus with 51.96m. David Van Den Bogaard wind assisted TJ 14.23m. Sarah Christiansen TJ 10.51m (+5.3). Katie-Lee Roper HJ 1.60m, Karim Cisse HJ 1.90m.
Auckland City Athletics meeting
, Mt Smart Stadium, 28 February 2018: Siositina Hakeai DT 59.15m, Te Rina Keenan DT 53.29m. Tom Hunt 3000m 9:22.19. Olivia Burne 9:45.90 mx, Esther Keown 9:55.42 mx, Isabella Richardson 10:19.06 mx, Audrey Gregan 10:30.46 mx. Max Thomson 5000m 16:51.04.
Athletics Nelson Twilight Meetings
, Saxton Field, 23 February: Lucy Sheat 100m 12.29 (-0.3), 200m 24.48 (+1.2). Alex Dawson 100m 11.28 (-0.2). Bailey Cotton 100m 11.37 (-0.2), 200m 23.17 (+1.1). 2 March: Lucy Sheat 100m 12.43 (+0.1), 200m 24.48 (0.0). Amanda Fitisemanu 100m 12.51, 200m 25.66. Bailey Cotton 100m 11.54 (+0.1). Eloise Beattie 800m 2:22.71. Nils Poncet LJ 6.81m (+0.1).
, Caledonian Ground – 2/3 March 2018
Schuyler Orr 100m 11.26 (+0.2), 200m 23.09 (+1.3). Sam Gouverneur 400m 49.81 PB. Cameron Miller LJ 6.42m (+1.4). Fiona Centers 100m 12.27 (+0.2) mx, 200m 25.08 (+1.3) mx. Sammy Burke 1500m 4:50.98 mx. Dyani Shepherd-Oates HT 43.52m PB. Felix McDonald 110m H 15.76 (+0.9) PB.
Athletics Southland Meeting
, Surrey Park – 24 February 2018
Jack Welsh 800g JT 44.84m, SP 12.33m, DT 43.11m. Anna Skerrett 3kg SP 11.78m, LJ 5.19m (+1.0), TJ 10.41m (+1.4). Tim Baker LJ 6.55m (-1.0). Ben Henderson 1.5kg DT 36.92m.
Athletics Southland Meeting
, Surrey Park – 3 March 2018
Jessica Senior 500g JT 35.20m. Teagan Ashley 3kg HT 35.84m, 3kg SP 10.45m. Ben Henderson 5kg SP 13.18m, 1.5kg DT 35.34m. Tim Baker LJ 6.52m (+0.9). Sam Colyer LJ 6.26m (0.0). Georgia Ellis LJ 5.13m (-0.9). Tessa Baird TJ 10.12m PB (0.0).
, Birmingham AL, 19 February: Luke Fielding mile 4:26.35 (6R2).
, Birmingham AL, 21/22 February: Imogen Hull mile 5:19.78 (9H2), 3000m 10:25.70 PB (13R3). Charlotte Blair mile 5:22.08 (1H2).
, Birmingham AL, 23/24 February: Bailey Stewart 400m 48.72 (1H4), 48.06 (4RB). Hannah Miller 3000m 9:39.10 (1RA), 5000m 16:34.94 (1RA). Anneke Grogan 3000m 10:00.02 (13RA), 5000m 17:19.64 (10RA). Atipa Mabonga LJ 5.47m (11), TJ 12.07m (7).
, Boston MA, 23 February: Cameron Avery 3000m 8:35.49 (11RA), 5000m 14:07.25 PB (2RA). Holly Manning 1000m 2:47.21 (1RA).
, Ames IA, 23/24 February: Alison Andrews-Paul 1000m 2:48.57 PB (1H2), 2:48.72 (7).
, Geneva OH, 23 February: Jordan de Spong mile 4:10.13 (6H1).
, Albuquerque, 22/24 February: Jeff Lautenslager mile 4:12.51 (3H2), 4:11.85 (5R2), 3000m 8:55.98 (30). Daniel Hintz mile 4:15.03 (7H2). Harry Ewing 3000m 8:47.08 (26). Kerry White 800m 2:12.86 (2H1), 2:12.19 (4). Grace McConnochie 5000m 16:37.01 (5).
, Flagstaff AZ, 22/24 February: Matt Baxter mile 4:14.33 (5RA), 3000m 8:34.43 (2RA), 5000m 14:52.07 (4).
, Seattle WA, 23/24 February: Lilli Burdon mile 4:32.30 PB (3RA). Greer Alsop LJ 3.95m (22), TJ 12.18m (6).
, Hanover NH, 24 February: Arianna Lord 800m 2:16.60 (6H2).
SPU Final Qualifier
, Seattle WA, 24 February: Christopher Brake TJ 13.90m (3).
Melbourne, 27 February: Caden Shields 5000m 14:20.4 h PB (11).
Freestate Varsity Challenge
, Sasolburg, 26 February: Mine de Klerk SP 15.49m (1), DT 44.46m PB (1), 500g JT 43.87m (1).
Freestate SS Championships
, Sasolburg, 2 March: Mine de Klerk SP 15.91m (1), DT 44216m PB (1), 500g JT 44.47m PB (1).
ROAD AND TRAIL RACES AROUND THE COUNTRY
Whangarei parkrun 5km, 3 March: James Mogridge 20:02, Russ Mogridge 20:44, Steve Fairley 20:56.
Pakuranga 5km, 26 February: Grant Lincoln 18:43, Joe Shiozawa 20:18.
O’Hagan’s 5km, Viaduct Harbour, 27 February: Adam Berry 17:21, Steve Darby 17:56, Tony Warren 18:02. Hannah Oldroyd 17:28, Christine Adamson 20:21.
Takapuna Rat Race 5km, Milford, 28 February: Daniel Playne 18:44, Logan Horsford 19:07, Garth Holebroud 19:23.
Owairaka 5km in the Park, 28 February: Dougal Glaisher 19:45.
Barry Curtis parkrun 5km, 3 March: Steve Darby 18:22, Grant Lincoln 18:30, Shaun Ryan 18:55.
Cornwall Park parkrun 5km, 3 March: Isabella Richardson 19:03, Oliver Ray-Chaudhuri 19:09, Chris Webb 19:39.
Millwater parkrun 5km, 3 March: Stuart Durose 17:30, Reuben McGregor 18:30, Matthew Peach 19:00.
Western Springs parkrun 5km, 3 March: Paul White 17:12, James Spence 17:58, Oscar Mahy 19:09.
Ports of Auckland Round-the-Bays 8.4km, 4 March: Jono Jackson won the annual run for the seventh year in a row in 27:06, a minute slower than last year. Dave Ridley was second in 27:15 and Tom Moyes third in 27:22. Olivia Burne was the first woman by a wide margin in 29:08. Juliette Foley was second in 32:32 and Julia Seo third in 34:57.
Eastside Riverpath 5km, 27 February: Rodrigo Jaca Gonzalez 17:08, Lance Brew 17:35, Kent Hodgson 18:06. Veronika Adams 20:46.
Lake parkrun 5km, 3 March: John Mering 16:16, Kalib Guy 18:07, Andrew Beggs 18:10. Tanja Miller 20:50.
Cambridge parkrun 5km, 3 March: Hugh Allison 18:02, Charli Miller 18:57.
Bayrun 5km, Carmichael Road Reserve, 27 February: Chris Myland 17:13, Rob Taylor 18:04, Doug Moore 18:31. Sarah Gardner 18:10, Olivia Cummings 18:15, Kylie Boyd 20:48.
Puarenga parkrun 5km, 3 March: Matt Parsonage 17:51, Bryn Parry 18:14, Russell Clarke 19:59.
Rotorua Off Road Half Marathon, Whakarewarewa Forest, 4 March: Regan Bones 1:22:52, Rodrigo Jaca Gonzalez 1:24:48, Steve Morrow 1:25:12. Cate Pedersen 1:40:47, Zola McDonald 1:44:29, Melissa O’Brien 1:46:13. Walk; Warren Bavister 1:54:15. Quarter Marathon; Phil Murray 41:59, John Bowe 43:11.Jamie Hall 46:36. Maggie Pedersen 53:13, Molly Davis 55:34, Stacey Lepper 56:58. Walk; Mike Cosgrove 1:28:15.
Taupo parkrun 5km, 3 March: Andrew Hilton 20:50.
Shoe Clinic 5km, 27 February: Steve Charles 18:28, Rob Strong 18:54, John Matthews 19:03. Kate O’Malley 20:45.
Anderson parkrun 5km, 3 March: Kingston Webb 19:02, Brad Lawson 19:07, Dallas Schaefer 20:05. Nikki Cox 20:50.
Bayleys Mountain to Surf Marathon, 3 March: Tama Christensen 2:48:25, Jon-Paul Heather 2:50:42, Matt Henderson 2:52:58. Erin Vaughan 3:19:46, Maria Kroonenberg 3:25:56, Sarah Shepherd 3:28:57. Walk; Joff Hulbert 4:40:50. Sherryn Hardy 5:04:22. Half marathon; Alexis Bahamonde 1:25:12. Sabina Piras 1:26:21. Walk; Eric Kemsley 2:10:10. Helen Baverstock 2:38:24.
Victoria Esplanade parkrun 5km, 3 March: Sam Benthan 16:38, Henry Idiens 16:43, Jon Clearwater 17:37.
Kapiti 5km Series, Raumati, 26 February: Tom Bland 17:18, Luke Anderson 18:30, Steffan Wong 18:59. Lucy Lawlor 20:55, Hannah Buglass-Devereux 20:56.
Waterfront 5km, 27 February: Daniel Jones 15:21, Matthew Moloney 15:45, Noel Guy 17:10, Will Critchlow 17:22. Caroline Mellsop 20:44.
Trentham 5km Series, 27 February: Logan Slee 16:34, Finn Molloy 16:44, Finlay Seeds 17:03.
Kapiti Coast parkrun 5km, 3 March: Tom Bland 18:22, Steffan Wong 19:10, Leon Goodwin 20:05.
Lower Hutt parkrun 5km, 3 March: Levente Timar 15:34, Andrew Crosland 17:39, Andrew Kerr 17:59. Jayme Maxwell 18:46, Deborah Murphy 18:53.
Porirua parkrun 5km, 3 March: Benjamin Wall 17:04, Lachlan Hawkes 17:23, Paul Shoemark 19:32.
Honest Lawyer 5km Monaco, 26 February: Simon Mardon 17:41, Anthony Mollo 19:38, Roydon Hawks 19:56. Robyn Deane 20:48.
Blenheim parkrun 5km, 3 March: Scott Wilkinson 19:50.
Hagley parkrun 5km, 3 March: Thomas Coleman 17:52, Logan Currie 18:06, Angela Whyte 18:16, Ari Graham 18:32, John Gamblin 18:37, Sofia Kennedy 18:43.
Pegasus parkrun 5km, 3 March: Hannah Oldroyd 17:12, Dan Bennetts 17:37, Philip Opie 17:53, John Marshall 18:30. Joasia Zakrzewski 18:59 (2), Natasha Mitchell 20:50 (3).
Christchurch Motorway Half Marathon, 4 March: Blair McWhirter 1:12:51, Anthony Pujades 1:13:48, Ben Wreford 1:18:22. Hannah Oldroyd 1:21:49, Joasia Zakrzewski 1:28:43, Sarah Alexander 1:33:12. Walk; Sharyn Davey 2:30:15.
Wanaka parkrun 5km, 3 March: David O’Sullivan 18:55, Adam Eason 19:00, Simon Barber 19:14. Sarah Douglas 19:26.
Botanic Garden parkrun 5km, 3 March: Chris Mills 18:44, Connor Shivnan 20:30.
Queens Park parkrun 5km, 3 March: Zak Brown 17:32, Brennan Rhodes 18:27, Tim Aldham 19:13.
Athletics New Zealand Correspondent