IAAF Diamond League, DN.Galan Meeting Stockholm – 22 August 2013
Valerie Adams cruised to her 40th consecutive victory with a win in the shot put at the DN. Galan Diamond League meeting.
Adams' best throw of 20.30m was 1.04m clear of second placed Christina Schwanitz from Germany, with American Michelle Carter another 70cm further back in third.
Adams series was 20.12m, 20.30m, 20.17m, x, x, x.
The win extends the world champion's lead in the Diamond League Shot Put. Adam now sits on 16 points, with Schwanitz on 12 and Carter on 6.
Meanwhile world champs 5000m finalist Zane Robertson finished fifth in the 1500m B race in Stockholm, running a season best 3m 38.61s. Race won by Will Leer of USA in 3m 36.97s.
25th Memorial Partisans Stellina Valsusa Mountain Race, Susa – 25 August 2013
Approximately 48 hours after arriving in Europe, the New Zealand mountain running team completed its first lead up race to the World Mountain Running Championships in Krynica Zdrój, Poland on 8 September. The long flight to Europe didn't stop some impressive performances in one of Italy's highest rated and hardest mountain races, despite the team treating it as a conservative hit out.
The race was held in the medieval town of Susa, in the mountains west of Turin. The race has a long rich history and this year’s event was the 25th edition. Previous winners include Melissa Moon and Jonathan Wyatt (ten times winner). The race is generally held in high regard by top European athletes and generally attracts a competitive field with prize money for the top ten place getters. Approximately 300 athletes took part in this year’s race.
The senior event is raced over 11 km and has an altitude gain of 1450m. The junior race is over 7.3 km and rises 1155m. Both races finish at 1980m above sea level.
Six times world mountain running champion, Jonathan Wyatt won for the eleventh time, with a comfortable two minute margin back to second. Glenn Hughes took some satisfaction after leading Wyatt for the first 2km and finishing in tenth place.
Helen Rountree raced well for seventh place in the women's after a conservative start. The race was won by Antonella Confortola, wife of Jonathan Wyatt.
The junior men ran a well paced race. Thomas Anderson kept up with the eventual winner over most of the race distance, but slowed slightly in the final kilometre due to the high altitude to finish in second place. Allister Meffan started slowly and worked his way through the field to finish third.
Senior Men: Jonathan Wyatt 1h 5m 30s 1, Glenn Hughes 1h 11m 16s 10.
Senior Women: Antonella Confortola 1h 19m 33s, Helen Rountree 1h 28m 25s 7.
Junior Men: Ivan Fantoli 56m 51s 1, Thomas Anderson 57m 5s 2, Allister Meffan 1h 0m 03s. 3.
Cambridge Half Marathon – 25 August 2013
Kerry Suter won in 1h 15m 25s, from John Crane 1h 16m 32s and Adrian Lysaght 1h 17m 9s. Sue Crowley was the first woman in 1h 23m 12s from Kirsten Milne 1h 24m 41s and Katy Dawson 1h 25m 53s. Ross Murphy won the half walk in 2h 23m 26s while the 5km event went to Craig McLean in 17m 58s and Steve Rees-Jones won the 10km in 33m 52s.
Hawkes Bay Gisborne Road Championships – 17 August 2013
Mark Speakman SM 10km 40m 49s, Phil McKay MM 10km 37m 5s, Annie Kane MW 5km 22m 48s, Toa Elphick –laveta M19 8km 29m 7s, Holly Manning W19 5km 20m 7s, Christian Leopard B16 5km 15m 52s, Laura Langley G16 5km 20m 24s, Bradley Christison B14 3km 9m 39s, Hannah Overbye G14 3km 11m 47s.
Round the Gorges Road Relay, Aorangi Park – 24 August 2013
Papanui Toc H team of Mark O’Riley, Albert Adcock, Gareth Hunter, Liam McArthur and Jason Wilcock won the 5 x 7.4km relay in 2h 29m 53s from North Canterbury 2h 32m 46s and The Frontrunner 2h 33m 38s. Sam Wreford running for The Frontrunner had the fastest lap in 23m 18s while Kim Chambers of North Canterbury was the fastest woman in 28m 49s.
St Pauls Street Mile – 25 August 2013
Jordan Rackham (MU18, Inv) made it two in a row, winning the 25th running of the point to point street mile in 4m 37s and keeping the trophy he won last year. Rackham and Jack Beaumont (MU18, Winton) ran together for the first 1000m but the leg speed of middle distance versus long distance specialists had Rackham pull away over the final 400m. Beaumont was second in 4m 46s. Grant Adamson (Inv) in third, in 5m 1s, was first of the masters’ men. Hannah Miller (WU18, Gore) kept her Southland winning streak intact by being first woman in recording 5m 38s, with Ffion Muhl (WU18, StP) taking second in 5m 59s ahead of Johanna Leitch (WU20, Inv) 6m 6s. Debbie Telfer (Inv) was first masters’ woman.
BILL BAILLIE CELEBRATES 50 YEARS SINCE SETTING WORLD RECORDS
Bill Baillie celebrated 50 years since he set two world distance running records at the Lovelock Track, Mt Roskill Auckland on 24 August 1963 on Saturday.
Exactly to the hour when he finished at midday in 1963, speeches and celebrations were held at the new Owairaka Club Rooms alongside the Lovelock Track.
Baillie reduced Emil Zatopek’s long standing world record for 20,000m by 23.2s and extended his one hour distance record by 151 yards. Baillie was assisted with the pace making during the event by Barry Magee, Ray Puckett, Jeff Julian and Neville Scott. Also competing were six Japanese marathon runners who were in Auckland training before the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. Baillie still had a sprint for the finishing line after having covered more than 12 and a half miles in one hour. His official time for the 20,000m was 59m 28.6s and for the one hour the distance was 20,190m.
Baillie said that he planned it six months before hand.
“I marked down the date of Saturday 24 August and worked back from that date my training. I knew I was going to go out and do it that day,” he said.
For Baillie (79) it was one of the highlights of his long and successful running career which included sixth in the 5000m at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.
“I’d missed the 1956 and the 1960 Olympic Games and hadn’t got an Olympic medal so the next best thing was a world record so I set myself for this and I looked in the record books and Zatopek still held two world records and they’d been there for 12 years. Zatopek was possibly the world’s greatest distance runner in this last century and I thought Bill you’ve got to have a go at those and that was it,” said Baillie.
For the record Kokichi Tsuburaya of Japan was second with 20,083m, also under Zatopek's record of 20,052m, Ray Puckett third with 19,880m, Kazumi Watanabe of Japan fourth 19,781m and Barry Magee fifth 19,062m.
The current world one hour record is held by Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia with 21,285m run in Ostrava Czech Republic in June 2007.
Former Auckland President Ron Hanson of Te Kauwhata died on Tuesday 20 August aged 87.
Ron had served Athletics Auckland as an official and administrator for over 30 years. He served on the Auckland cross country and road committee for many years as treasurer and as competition race referee. Ron was President of Athletics Auckland for ten years, 1997 to 2007. He was awarded an Athletics Auckland merit award and was made a Life Member of the Centre. Ron was a member of the Waitakere City Athletic Club and has been President of the Club since 1994 and was made a Life Member of the Club. His contribution to the sport has been considerable and during his period as President of Auckland he attended every committee meeting of all of the divisions, cross country and road, track and field and children’s as well as the Centre Board meetings each month. Ron was an official at the 1988 world cross country championships at Ellerslie Racecourse. His funeral is today at 1.00pm at St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Scott Road Te Kauwhata.