28 Feb 2018

Hakeai added to team for Gold Coast

Hakeai added to team for Gold Coast

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Siositina Hakeai has been added to the athletics team for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The Auckland athlete will compete in the discus, conditional on throwing a distance of 59.30m in at least one of four competitions taking place prior to 10 March 2018.

For Hakeai, five times New Zealand discus champion from 2012 to 2016, it would be her second Commonwealth Games after finishing fourth at the Glasgow 2014 Games.

Her international debut was in 2010 at the World Under 20 Championships. Two years later, at the next Under 20 Championships, she finished in fourth place. Hakeai also competed at the 2015 World Championships.

The 23 year old from the Auckland City Athletics Club has a personal best of 59.81m, ranking her third on the all-time New Zealand women’s discus list behind 1997 world champion Beatrice Faumuina. She recently went very close to this performance, throwing 59.76m in early February.

NZOC CEO Kereyn Smith extended her congratulations to Hakeai.

"Sisositina has been a valued team member during previous campaigns and we're happy to welcome her back into the fold for Gold Coast 2018. We wish her well as she works to ratify her selection ahead of the Games."

Hakeai’s addition brings the number of athletics representatives in the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team to 20.

In additional news for the athletics team, hammer thrower Julia Ratcliffe has met the standard required to make her Commonwealth Games selection unconditional by throwing 67.12m at the Waikato Championships at the weekend.

Gold Coast 2018 Athletics Team

Valerie Adams  shot put     Pakuranga Athletic Club (conditional)    
Alana Barber     20km race walk     Race Walking Auckland
Camille Buscomb     10,000m, 5000m     Hamilton City Hawks Athletics
Cameron French     400m hurdles     Hamilton City Hawks Athletics
Marshall Hall     discus     Invercargill Athletic Club    (conditional)    
Siositina Hakeai    discus     Auckland City Athletics    (conditional)    
Ben Langton Burnell     javelin     Palmerston North Athletic and Harrier Club
Eliza McCartney     pole vault     North Harbour Bays Athletics
Olivia McTaggart     pole vault     North Harbour Bays Athletics
Brad Mathas     800m     Christchurch Old Boys
Joseph Millar     200m     Tauranga Ramblers
Angie Petty     800m     University of Canterbury
Julia Ratcliffe     hammer     Hamilton City Hawks Athletics
Holly Robinson     Para javelin     Athletics Taieri
Jake Robertson     10,000m     Hamilton City Hawks Athletics
Zane Robertson     marathon, 10,000m     Hamilton City Hawks Athletics
Quentin Rew     20km race walk     Wellington Harrier Athletic Club
Nick Southgate     pole vault     North Harbour Bays Athletics
Tom Walsh     shot put     South Canterbury Athletic Club
Nick Willis     1500m, 5000m     Lower Hutt Athletic Club




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