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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

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IAAF Diamond League, Weltklasse Meeting, Zurich Main Station – 28 August 2013

Valerie Adams has secured the IAAF Diamond League Shot Put series title for 2013 with her best performance of the year in Zurich Railway Station.

The quadruple world champion was victorious in one of her favourite arenas, tossing a best of 20.98m, 1.01m ahead of her closest rival Yevgeniya Kolodko of Russia. The woman who has been the closest to Adams in 2013, German Christina Schwanitz could only finish fourth, a distant 1.62m adrift of the New Zealander.

Not only was the winning distance the best in the world this year, it was also the 28 year old double Olympic Champion’s longest throw for over 13 months, a New Zealand indoor record and the fifth best performance of Adam’s distinguished career, just 0.26m behind her personal best set at the world championships in 2011.

The performance added another eight points to her Diamond League total to finish with a commanding lead in the season-long series. Adams finished on 24 points, with Schwanitz on 12 and American Michelle Carter on eight. Such was Adams domination this year, she only contested five of the seven Diamond League rounds during the season, passing up the first and third meetings in Shanghai and Olso, but winning the other five in Eugene, Paris, London, Stockholm and Zurich.

The Zurich meeting was Adams’ twelfth meeting of the year and extended her consecutive victories to 41.

It was Adams’ third straight win at the Zurich meeting and a new meeting record, extending her own record of 20.81m, set in 2012 which was the previous New Zealand indoor record. It came three years and ten days since her last defeat, also in the Zurich station.

Her series was 20.97m, 20.98m, foul, 20.66m, 20.76m and 20.42m. Even her worst measured throw would have won the completion by 0.45m.

The Zurich meeting is very different to competing in the usual track and field stadium, being indoors with the crowd very close to the athletes, not unlike in The Cloud in Auckland where Adams started her season, almost six months ago with a throw of 20.75m. The athletes got to perform to the music of their choice and Adams chose a track, Ku-Ku Jodel, by a Swiss yodelling star in reference to her training base and second home on the mountains of Switzerland.


IAAF World Challenge, ISTAF Berlin – 1 September 2013
Valerie Adams finished her 2013 season with another big win in Europe.

The double Olympic Champion had the shot put out to 20.58m on her final throw in the competition, ahead of the world number two Christina Schwanitz from Germany on 19.43 and Alena Kopets from Belarus with 18.00m.

Adams series underlined her consistency this year with throws of 20.28, 20.34, 20.29, 20.54, 20.16, 20.58.

The competition completed Adam's absolute dominance of the event in 2013, retaining her world title for the fourth consecutive championship, and winning the Diamond League shot put title again.

The victory at the iconic German meeting in front of 55,000 fans was her 13th for 2013 and takes her unbeaten run to 42 competitions, since August 2010.

Adams said "It's been a great year and I have loved every minute of it. I am so proud to be a kiwi doing what I do over here in Europe. I'm looking forward to a break now and getting home and spending some time with my family and friends and being back on kiwi soil."

Adams will holiday before arriving back in New Zealand in mid-September.


Australian Cross Country Championships, Symmons Plains Motor Raceway, Launceston Tasmania – 31 August 2013

Matthew Baxter competing with the Auckland Centre Team produced a standout performance at the Australian Cross Country Championships in Launceston at the weekend by winning the Australian under 20 championships.

In Adelaide last year, Baxter won the schools section of the under 20 – this year he went one better winning the race in commanding fashion, opening a gap in the final 1km that could not be answered by the leading group. He was joined by Sam Bremer and Mike Lowe from the New Zealand Secondary School to take 2nd place in the teams’ competition, behind the winning Victorian team.

Jacob Priddey took the silver medal in the Under 18 grade, running for New Zealand Secondary School. He was closely followed by team mate Shaun Eustace, 5th and Geordie Beamish in tenth position with Jake Tennent 11th. Tennent was fighting off the effects a viral infection and did well to finish.

The team were first in the teams’ competition, four points ahead of Victoria. On the following day the team finished 2nd to New South Wales in the 5 x 3km relay but were without the service of Tennent. The Under 20 team finished in the same position in the Under 20 grade.

Jacob Priddey produced the fastest of both Under 20 and Under 18 grades clocking 8.45 for the 2 lap race which involved two legs into a strong head wind.

Jean Kozyniak was the leading performer for the New Zealand Secondary Schools in the Under 18 grade finishing in 9th position.

New Zealand results

Matthew Baxter won the U/20 8km title race in 25:53, to beat Zac Patterson of Victoria by 12 seconds. Other New Zealand placings in the U/20 race, Samuel Bremer 12 27:17, Michael Lowe 13 27:21, Finn Wilson 14 27:24, Joshua Baan 16 27:40, Luke McCallum 19 27:54, Nathan Tse 22 28:08.
Vaughan Priddey was second in the U/18 6km in 19:43. Other placings Sean Eustace 5 19:57, Geordie Beamish 10 20:13, Jake Tennent 11 20:14, Marcus Karamanolis 16 20:21, Cameron Avery 20 20:29, Christian Leopard 24 20:32.
Jean Kozyniak was ninth in the U/18 4km in 15:18. Other placings Arianna Lord 18 15:38, Amelia Morgan 19 15:39, Anneke Grogan 22 15:48, Gabrielle Gray 31 16:06, Holly Manning 35 16:18, Marcia Jerram 36 16:19.


North Shore Marathon and Half Marathon, Gould Reserve Takapuna – 1 September 2013
Rodney Hellyer won the marathon in 2:55:06 from Brent Foster 3:07:39. The half marathon went to Simon Maunder in 1:16:10 from Stuart Grange 1:17:21 and Matthew McQueen 1:19:20. David Cooper won the 10km in 34:07 with Peter May second in 37:09.

Athletics NZ Road Championships

Malcolm Hicks overcame a strong challenge from Ben Ashkettle to win the national road title in Dunedin on Saturday.

Held over a tight 2km circuit Hicks was content to stay with the pack over the first three laps. Going into the final lap Hicks upped the pace and held off Ashkettle by two seconds to win the 10km event in 30:18. Daniel Balchin was third in 30:34 with Canterbury team mate Callan Moody fourth in 30:41.

In only his third race this winter Hicks said it was great to do the double.“I’m happy and it’s great to back up my cross country title. It was a tactical race with a lot of corners with the pack all there with a lap to go,” said Hicks. “It must have been an exciting race to watch,” he added.

Hicks said that Ashkettle made a move in the race at the point that he was going go.
“Ben went with 4km to go so we ended up going just about the same time and I just gradually pushed it from there. We came back across the bridge on the last lap and I kept checking over my shoulder every 10 metres and I was slowly pulling away, so I made sure I had enough for the last 150 metres in case I needed it.
“It was a great race by the guys, everyone had a go in the front and took the wind for a lap or so,” said Hicks.
In his first national road championship and for the first time in the South Island Ashkettle who is based in Melbourne wasn’t sure how he was going to go.
“I was happy to sit back and then make a move at 6km, but I didn’t feel that great to be honest so I was happy to let the guys get back in again and settle back into the pack,” said Ashkettle.
“Malcolm took off going into the last lap, it wasn’t any real big change of pace but it slowly was getting faster and faster and in the end I wasn’t able to go with him,” he added.
Canterbury won the teams title from Auckland by just 1 point, 58 - 59.

Camille Buscomb was on her own throughout the senior women’s 10km run in conjunction with the senior men. In a virtual time trial Buscomb recorded 34:22 to beat Georgie Grgec by 42 seconds. Sally Gibbs who had won outright the earlier master women’s 5km in 17:17 was third in 35:19 breaking Bernie Portenski’s New Zealand masters W50 10km record of 38:24 set in 2004.
Buscomb who has won the national 3000m track title for the last two years said that it was hard work.
“It was hard out there it was really windy and lots of loops, it wasn’t a nice easy 2km loop, it was intense and I had to keep focusing the whole way – it was a physical and mental effort,” said Buscomb.
“I would have liked to have run a little bit faster, but I’m really happy to get the title,” she added.
Auckland won the teams title ahead of Wellington.

Canterbury athletes Ben Musson won the junior and Matt Prest the youth men races while Sian English was a popular local Otago winner of the junior women and Alana Sherman of Auckland a surprise winner of the youth women.
Musson said that it was a slow start to the race.
“So there was a big bunch of us from the start and I thought I’d just stay in the bunch. Zac Barber went with one lap to go and it sort of spread us apart.
“I thought if I hang in there I’m a 1500m runner so I knew I’ve got the pace in the end. With a k to go I thought I could best them all and that’s what I did,” said Musson.
Prest, who is coached by Barry Magee, said it was a dam hard race.
“Over the first couple of laps I just tried to stay relaxed and then nail it with one and a half laps to go. It’s the first championship I’ve ever won, so I’m pretty stoked,” said Prest. He added that it was a big step up for him.
I was fifth in the Canterbury road champs and 19th in the national cross country so I’m surprised and quite shocked, but I knew that I was feeling good and knew this was an opportunity to actually win a race, which I haven’t done,” said Prest.

Sian English said it was good to have a combined race with the master women.
“I had a couple of Otago masters to run with which was nice. It’s my first New Zealand title, it is awesome and hasn’t really caught up yet and it’s nice to win at home,” said English.
Alana Sherman who convincingly won the Auckland youth title said that she wanted to a place.
“But I didn’t know if I could, so I just tried to keep going and last to the end,” she said.

Richard Bennett continued to impress in the master men the 48 year old winning the 10km outright in 32:49.
Bennett said that he went out to run an honest race.
“I tried to run it honest and keep it at an honest pace and had a bit of a bunch for the first few laps. Brian (Garmonsway 35-39) came through and really put the pace on and sort of split the bunch up a bit in the second lap and then it was just me and Brian running together,” said Bennett.
“I gat away from him towards the end and I was pretty fortunate to get away with it as I was pushed pretty hard,” he added.

Mike Morresey of Taranaki won his first national race walking title and went under 50 minutes for the first time in the senior 10km race walk recording 49:30.
Morresey was elated on crossing the finish and still was in total euphoria an hour later.
“My first New Zealand title and first time under 50 minutes so I’m pretty stoked. I’ve done a lot of training and it’s starting to pay off,” said Morresey.
He added that he decided to key off defending champion Mike Parker of Auckland from the start.
“I thought I’d go with Mike and just sit behind him if we were going at five minute k pace, but he started a little bit slower so I took off with the girls because I knew they were sitting at the right pace straight away, so I stayed with them,” he said.

Kate Newitt of Canterbury on a come back after an absence of a couple of years won the senior women’s 10km race walk in 52:28.
“I’m very happy with that, it’s my first win in a long time – I’m stoked.
“I’ve had some health problems after having my second child – some clotting so I’m now getting better,” said Newitt.
Going into the race Newitt said that she thought of sticking with defending champion Roseanne Robinson of Otago.
“Then maybe with two of three laps to go get a bit of a lead but it felt easy so I thought I’ll go now and at 6km I took off. It wasn’t a PB but it’s a win on the day so that’s what I’m happy with and that’s what I was here for, to win” she added.




Senior 10,000m: Malcolm Hicks (Akld) 30:18 1, Benjamin Ashkettle (Wgtn) 30:20 2, Daniel Balchin (Cant) 30:34 3, Callan Moody (Cant) 30:41 4, Jono Jackson (Akld) 30:41 5, Caden Shields (Otago) 31:03 6. Teams: Auckland 58 1, Canterbury 58 2, Otago 115 3..

Masters 10,000m: 35-39: Brian Garmonsway (Wgtn) 32:54 1, Dave Parsons (Wgtn) 33:42 2, Corey Mennell (Sthld) 37:22 3. 40-44: Simon Mardon (Nelson) 32:59 1, Todd Stevens (Wgtn) 33:01 2, Jason Baillie (Cant) 34:44 3. 45-49: Richard Bennett (Cant) 32:49 1, Robbie Johnston (Akld) 33:35 2, Grant McLean (Wgtn) 33:58 3. Teams: Wellington 19 1, Canterbury 33 Otago 65 3. 50-54: Ricky Gutsell (Sthld) 34:36 1, Richard Seigne (Cant) 34:39 2, Paul Hewitson (Wgtn) 35:35 3. Teams: 3. 55-59: David Macdonlad (Cant) 35:32 1, Alastair Prangnell (Akld) 36:02 2, Vaughan New (Wgtn) 36:41 3. 60-64: Derek Shaw (Nelson) 40:06 1, John Thomson (Otago) 40:11 2, Iain Chinnery (Chch) 43:36 3. 65-69: Trevor Ogilvie (WaikBoP) 38:06 1, Ewan Fallow (Otago) 43:05 2, Evan MacIntosh (I’gill) 48:35 3. 75-79: Len Wilson (Tech) 57:25 1. 80-84: Stan Gawler (Port Hills) 1:02:37 1. Teams: Auckland 32 1, Canterbury 35 2, Otago 56 3.

Junior 8000m: Ben Musson (Cant) 26:30 1, Zac Barber (Cant) 26:34 2, Matthew Battley (Akld) 26:35 3. Teams: Auckland 27 1, Otago 29 2.

Youth 6000m: Matt Prest (Cant) 19:26 1, Jordan Rackham (Sthld) 19:34 2, Goiteom Gebremedihin (Cant) 19:36 3. Teams: Canterbury 13 1, Otago 50 2.

U15 3000m: Chris Dryden (Chch) 9:51 1, Liam Carson (St Pats Silv) 10:10 2, Connor Tristram (Ham) 10:12 3.

U13 2000m: Oscar Fossey (Phoenix) 7:06 1, George McNaughton (Phoenix) 7:36 2, Llachlan Muhl (St Pauls) 10:03 3.


Senior 10,000m: Camille Buscomb (WaikBoP) 34:22 1, Georgie Grgec (Akld) 35:04 2, Sally Gibbs (WaikBoP) 35:19 3, Lydia O’Donnell (Akld) 36:19 4, Rachael Kingstone (Akld) 36:59 5, Gabrielle O’Rourke (Wgtn) 37:12 6. Teams: Auckland 25 1, Wellington 37 2.

Masters 5000m: 35-39: Louisa Andrew (Otago) 17:56 1, Katrin Gottschalk (Akld) 18:56 2, Mel Aitken (Otago) 19:38 3. 40-44: Shireen Crumpton (Otago) 18:04 1, Michelle Van Looy (Wgtn) 19:37 3. 45-49: Gabrielle O”Rourke (Wgtn) 17:58 1, Meghann Stewart (Akld) 20:14 2, Robyn Perkins (Cant) 20:18 3. 50-54: Sally Gibbs (WaikBoP) 17:17 1, Carolyn Forsey (Cant) 21:40 2, Rosemary Heyrick (Sthld) 23:37 3. 55-59: Julie Wilson (Otago) 19:42 1, Bernadette Jago (Cant) 20:36 2, Debbie Telfer (Sthld) 21:09 3. 60-64: Margaret Flanagan (Cant) 22:06 1, Christine Munro (Akld) 23:01 2.70-74: Myrtle Rough (Hill City) 24:29 1. Teams: Otago 21 1,Wellington 33 2, Auckland 49 3.

Junior 5000m: Sian English (Otago) 17:52 1, Ashleigh Williams (Akld) 17:56 2, Amy Shaw (Akld) 18:26 3. Teams: Auckland 20 1.

Youth 5000m: Alana Sherman (Akld) 18:07 1, Hanna English (Otago) 18:13 2, Kaitlin Petherick (Ak;ld) 18:48 3. Teams: Southland 33 1.

U15 3000m: Ari Graham (Phoenix) 10:59 1, Michaela Walker (Olympic) 11:16 2, Brooke Varney (Papakura) 11:52 3.

U13 2000m: Mya Graham (Phoenix) 7:02 1, Hester Donders (Phoenix) 7:39 2, Sophie Sinclair (Sth Otago) 8:09 3.

Road Walks


Senior 10,000m: Mike Morresey (Taranaki) 49:30 1, Mike Parker (Akld) 50:52 2.
Junior 5000m: Jonathan Lord (Cant) 22:22 1, Jared Free (Akld) 24:58 2, Jamie Shaw (Nelson) 26:36 3.


Senior 10,000m: Kate Newitt (Cant) 52:28 1, Roseanne Robinson (Otago) 53:38 2.

Masters 10,000m: Julie Edmunds (Otago) 55:27 1, Terri Grimmett (Wgtn) 1:03:39 2, Katie Morrisey-Tahere (Taranaki) 1:11:50 3.

Junior 5000m: Courtney Ruske (Cant) 24:24 1, Sarah-Amy Rhind (Akld) 32:10 2.
Youth 5000m: Kerri Batin (Cant) 33:27 1.

Murray McKinnon
Athletics Correspondent
Athletics New Zealand
0274 806086

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