30 Jul 2014

Cowley through to final - Smit and Hamblin make semis

Cowley through to final - Smit and Hamblin make semis

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Angie Smit and Nikki Hamblin through to 800 semi-finals

Angie Smit and Nikki Hamblin both made it through to the semi-finals of the 800m after both not finishing in the first three in their heat for automatic qualification.

They were both lucky to be in the fastest two of the four heats. Smit finished fifth in heat three in 2:03.28 and Hamblin was fourth in the fourth heat in 2:03.32 both qualifying as the next fastest four.

Smit took up the pole position in second place as they broke lanes in the back straight and was still in control on the last lap but entering the straight for the run to the finish tied up badly.

“That last 100m my legs just completely went, I wasn’t quite expecting that last 100 to be that painful,” said Smit.

“I felt good before the race but just with a 100 to go just really locked up. I didn’t feel that great since the gun though to be honest, I don’t quite know what it was, but it’s an awesome atmosphere.”

Hamblin said that she was very lucky drawing the fourth heat as it gave her an extra 20 minutes recovery after the 1500m final yesterday.

A check by the English runner Marilyn Okoro down the finishing straight didn’t deter Hamblin who was going to make a run up the inside. She dropped back and went around Okoro and ended up heading her across the line.

“Angie and I pretty much ran the same time and two New Zealanders in the semi-finals of the 800 at the Comm Games, that’s pretty awesome.

“I’m going to get a good chunk of recovery time now relatively,” said Hamblin.

The semi-finals of the 800m are at 5.50am New Zealand time Friday morning.

Sarah Cowley into High Jump final

After a few anxious moments in clearing 1.81, Sarah Cowley soared over 1.85 and into the final of the high jump on Friday evening.

Needing to clear 1.88 or end up one of the 12 best out of two qualifying groups, Cowley was one of 10 who hit the 1.85 mark and qualified.

“It’s just great to be in the final, the job that’s the last tick and now it’s just like game on and anything can happen,” said Cowley.

“Just rest up now and go higher.”

Cowley, who has a personal best of 1.91 and a season best of 1.89 was over 1.71 and 1.76 on her first attempts but struck some trouble at 1.81 needing her third attempt to continue on.

“My jumps were really good when I jumped well and those first two at 1.81 were just a little bit adjusting to the feel of my run up, everything’s going really and sometimes it happens. It was such a relief clearing 1.85 and it was good to get it out at the first attempt and those kind of things just strengthen my mental game,” said Cowley.

Cowley said it was her first time to come into the Hampden Park Stadium.

“I wanted to come and feel it and it feels great, I loved it,” she added.

“I wanted to come and feel it and it feels great, I loved it,” she added.

Murray McKinnon
Athletics Correspondent
Athletics New Zealand



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