9 Jul 2014

Good day for Kiwi Athletes in Europe

Good day for Kiwi Athletes in Europe

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Zane Robertson's form heading into the Glasgow Commonwealth Games couldn't be better, after cruising to victory in the 3000 at the Cork City Sports meeting in Ireland this morning.

The former Hamilton athlete, now based in Ethiopia, recorded 7:41.37, a new personal best eclipsing the indoor time of 7:44.16 he set at the World Indoor Championships in March.

Robertson, who has been racing in the US and training at altitude at St Moritz, Switzerland, is now ranked fourth on the New Zealand all-time 3000 list behind new national record holder Nick Willis (7.36.91), John Walker (7:37.49) and Rod Dixon (7:41.0).

At the same meeting, Angie Smit placed 2nd in the 800 in a time of 2:01.84, her fastest since the New Zealand championships in March. Smit was hoping to get accepted into the Glasgow Diamond League meeting but does not appear on the provisional start lists.

In Hungary at the IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge meeting, Julia Ratcliffe threw 68.85 for eighth place, her longest distance outside of her home track in New Jersey. The 22 year old Princeton student was not overawed, throwing against the top throwers in the world.

Ratcliffe will head to Glasgow with a level of confidence and ranked third in the Commonwealth.

In Italy, Nikki Hamblin finished second in a 1500 race in Lignano in a time of 4:07.17, just outside her best time for 2014. Lucy Van Dalen who will be running in the 5000 in Glasgow placed sixth in the race in 4:10.95.

Julian Matthews, who will be competing in the 1500 alongside Nick Willis in Glasgow finished fourth in the men's 1500m in 3:38.88, just 0.68 outside his personal best.

In Canada Rosa Flanagan set another personal best, running 4:16.65 for ninth place in the elite 1500 at the Victoria Track Classic, improving her previous best by 2.29. It comes just two days after running a personal best 9:12.99 for 3000m in Vancouver. 

Flanagan competes in the 3000 steeplechase at the World Junior Champs in Oregon, USA in two weeks time.




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