Werfertage von Phoenix, Mutterstadt – 25 July 2015
Tom Walsh punched his Oceania and New Zealand national shot put record out a further 13 centimetres (pending ratification), with a put of 21.50m.
This was an improvement for the world indoor championships bronze medallist on his previous best set in Melbourne in March. His series was 21.50, 20.90, 20.34 and 20.59 before passing up his last two attempts.
Walsh said the big throw was a major confidence booster after a disappointing effort a week earlier in Monaco.
"We've worked on some different things in training, some technical stuff after a bit of a rough competition the week before in Monaco," he said.
"I'm fresh enough at the moment to throw well and it seemed to make a hell of a lot of difference."
The performance lifts him one place in the 2015 world rankings to sixth.
Morton Games, Dublin – 24 July 2015
Angie Petty won the 800m in 1:59.89 just two weeks after breaking two minutes for the first time in winning the World University Games title in Korea in 1:59.06.
Michael Cochrane won the 400m hurdles in 50.07.
Julian Matthews ran a personal best 3:57.94 in finishing fifth in the mile. Hamish Carson was tenth in 4:00.02 and Julian Oakley 11th in 4:00.47. Alex Parlane 3000m 8:20.16 (24).
IAAF Diamond League, Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – 25 July 2015
Valerie Adams finished second in the shot put with her second attempt of 18.59m. Michelle Carter of USA won with her opening attempt of 19.74m. Adams series was 18.39, 18.59, x, x, x, x.
Cleopatra Borel of Trinidad and Tobago was third with 18.53m.
Adams has further competitions in Stockholm and Poland before moving on to defend her world title in Beijing.
Winter Throws Series, AUT Millennium Stadium, North Shore – 25 July 2015
Jacko Gill warming up for the world championships in Beijing late next month was out to 20.21m with the shot. His personal best is 20.75m. Gill’s series was 19.36, 19.89, 19.76, 19.57, 20.21, x. Marcus Hayward was second with 15.31m. Ben Chong Wong 6kg SP 16.61m. Marshall Hall DT 54.49m, Alexander Parkinson 45.53m. Matthew Bloxham HT 58.85m. Anthony Nobilo 5kg HT 57.27m, 6kg HT 48.87m. Nick Hailes 5kg HT 47.50m. Te Rina Keenan DT 55.93m, Siositina Hakeai DT 53.42m, Nicole Bradley out to a fine 58.99 with the 4kg hammer. Mackenzie O’Neill 3kg HT 46.50m. Stephanie Wrathall JT 45.00m.
At the Athletics Auckland annual general meeting on Thursday long standing treasurer of the Centre Jim Hogg was honoured with Life Membership. Merit Awards were presented to Robert Ward and Julian Castle from Papakura Club and Barrie Robinson of Hillsborough Club. Peter Wyatt and Rodger Brickland were re-elected to the Board and Murray McKinnon was re-elected President.
Papanui Toc H and Shoe Clinic Lakeside Relay, Lake Roto Kohatu – 25 July 2015
Fastest 5km legs were posted in the senior men by Oska Inkster-Baynes 15:53 and 16:05, Matt Prest 16:12 and Nick Moulai 16:22. Gabrielle Gray was the fastest in the women with 17:56, Ari Graham 19:33 and Harriet Bush 19:39. Chris Mardon recorded 16:45 in the masters, David Fitch 17:21 and Danny Carmine 17:50. Robyn Perkins was the quickest in the master women 20:28, Natasha Mitchell 20:45 and Ruth Love-Smith 20:51.
ROAD AND TRAIL RACES AROUND THE COUNTRY
Cornwall Park Parkrun 5km, 25 July: William Harris 17:29, Daniel Chen 18:21, John Mauro 18:29.
Millwater Parkrun 5km, 25 July: Brad Luiten 17:45.
Lake Parkrun 5km, 25 July: Brian Garmonsway 16:05, William Sinclair 17:45, Michael Mannings 18:41.
More FM 5000m, Pelorus Trust Track, 22 July: Michael Macklin 17:33.37, Tony Price 18:28.36.
Lower Hutt Parkrun 5km, 25 July: Geoff Ferry 18:17.
Porirua Parkrun 5km, 25 July: Conor Daniel 18:37, Gareth McCash 18:55, Bruce Mortimer 18:56.
Kapiti Parkrun 5km, 25 July: Sean Eaton 18:34.
Honest 10km Evans Bay, 19 July: Taro Morimoto 38:25, Steve Scannell 39:50, Josh Martelli 39:51.
Hagley Parkrun 5km, 25 July: Malcolm Cornelius 17:51, Craig Johnston 18:05.
Botanic Garden Parkrun 5km, 25 July: Glen Ferguson 18:22, Geoff Williamson 18:44.
Athletics New Zealand Correspondent