One individual athlete and a relay team have been named by the New Zealand Olympic Committee in the second athletics announcement for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, in addition to the eleven athletes named previously.
The athlete named is distance runner Kimberley Smith, who will contest the marathon at her first Commonwealth Games after competing at three Olympic Games in Athens, Beijing and London.
The Providence based 32 year old athlete holds every New Zealand record from 3000m to the marathon and finished 15th in the London 2012 Olympic Marathon in 2:26:59.
Also selected is the Women’s 4x400 team. The team ran the qualifying time at a special attempt in Hamilton over Easter.
It is the first athletics relay team selected for a major championship since the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006.
The individual athletes in the relay squad will be announced at a later date.
In addition, the NZOC selectors have also announced that decathletes Brent Newdick and Scott McLaren will be confirmed in the team subject to proof of fitness and form being received by 30 June from Athletics New Zealand.
Further selections will be published on 2 June.
Selected athlete details attached.
• Event – Marathon
• Date of Birth – 19 November 1981 (32)
• PB - 2:25.21 (NZ Record)
• Residence – Providence, Rhode Island, USA
• Club - Counties Manukau
• Coach – Ray Treacy
• Marathon 15th Olympic Games 2012 2:26:59
• Half Marathon 7th World Championships 2009
• 10,000 8th at World Championships 2009
• 10,000 Olympic finalist 2008
• 10,000 5th World Championships 2007
• 3000 6th World Indoor Championships 2008
• NZ record holder 3000, 5000, 10,000, half marathon, marathon
Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Team
• Event – 4 x 400m Relay
• PB – 3:35.60
• Coach – Chris Williams
• A squad of six athletes will be named at a later date