27 Jul 2017

NZ team for World Champs finalised

NZ team for World Champs finalised

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Above: Julia Ratcliffe throwing at the 2016 NZ Championships. Photo by Aland McDonald / MacSpeedfoto.

The New Zealand team for the IAAF Athletics World Championships is complete and has risen to 12 athletes with the naming of hammer thrower Julia Ratcliffe and discus thrower Marshall Hall today.

Ratcliffe, the New Zealand record holder at 70.75m was marginally short of the Athletics NZ B selection standard of 71.00m, but recently had a big throw of 70.35 in the US and has received an invitation to compete through the roll-down system designed to have 32 competitors in each throwing event at the championships.

The 24 year old from Hamilton, recently graduated from Princeton University, placed fourth at the World Junior Championships in 2012, won silver at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and bronze at the 2015 World University Games in Korea.

Ratcliffe, who took a study break in 2016 to try and qualify for the Rio Olympics is coached by her father Dave long distance from Hamilton, although the two have been working together in the US for the past month.

Discus thrower Marshall Hall from Invercargill, but living and training in Auckland, has a recent performance of 64.55m, like Ratcliffe just short of the Athletics NZ B selection standard of 65.00 but is within the top 32 ranking for the championships and has accordingly also received an invitation from the IAAF.

The 28 year old social worker has spent two recent training blocks in the US with coach Matt Dallow and will be representing New Zealand at a major championships for the first time.

The eight times NZ discus champion has previously represented New Zealand at four Oceania Championships winning two gold medals and two silver medals. He also placed 7th at the 2015 World University Games.

Hall’s focus had been on qualifying for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, but his recent good form has thrust him into contention for higher honours ahead of schedule.

For six of the 12 athletes, it will be their first senior world championships. The team is dominated by throwers, making up over 40% of the team and the highest representation on the team is from the Hamilton City Hawks club with three athletes.

Full team for 2017 IAAF World Championships London 4 – 13 August

 Camille Buscomb

 Hamilton City Hawks

 5000m, 10,000m 

 Jacko Gill


 Shot Put

 Marshall Hall



 Ben Langton Burnell

 Palmerston North


 Eliza McCartney

 North Harbour Bays

 Pole Vault

 Joseph Millar

 Tauranga Ramblers


 Angie Petty 

 University of Canterbury


 Julia Ratcliffe

 Hamilton City Hawks


 Quentin Rew

 Wellington Harrier Athletic

 50km Race Walk

 Zane Robertson

 Hamilton City Hawks


 Tom Walsh

 South Canterbury

 Shot Put

 Nick Willis

 Lower Hutt


NZ team details

Marshall Hall story

Julia Ratcliffe Story


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