Above: Cameron French winning the 2017 NZ 400m hurdles title. Photo by Alan McDonald / Macspeedfoto.
Cameron French had an outstanding run in Canberra on Saturday to break the New Zealand 400m hurdles record, running 49.33 and securing an A nomination standard for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April.
The winning performance, eclipsing the record of 49.58 set by Michael Cochrane at the 2015 Beijing World Championships, came on the last weekend for qualifying performances with the Games team due to be named at the end of the week.
The Hamilton athlete has been on the cusp of qualifying for major events for several years, but until now has not quite been able to secure qualifying times when they have mattered.
The A nomination standard means there should be no barriers to seeing his name on the team sheet on Friday.
At the same ACT championships meeting in Canberra, 800m runner Brad Mathas also had a top performance, finishing third in 1:46.44, just under the B Games nomination standard. It moves the Melbourne-based athlete to eighth on the New Zealand all-time list.
As Mathas has not been to a major championship, the B standard could be enough to secure a nomination.
Also in Canberra, sprinter Joseph Millar won the 200m final in 20.71 into a head wind, just outside the 20.44 B standard he was chasing.
The New Zealand Athletics team for the Gold Coast Games will be announced on Friday 2 February.