IAAF Diamond League, DN Galan, Olympic Stadium Stockholm – 21 August 2014
Tom Walsh continued his stunning season with a second place at the DN Galan Diamond League shot put. In his best ever international result against all the best throwers in the world, Walsh, with a best distance of 20.79, beat them all except American Reese Hoffa, who tossed his winning mark of 21.07 in round five.
The 22 year old from Timaru, easily the youngest in the ten-strong field started with 20.50 to place him second after the first round, before slipping to third and then fourth after five rounds. He unleashed a big 20.79 in the final round to move ahead of German world champion David Storl and 2014 world number one Joe Kovacs (USA). The second place scored Walsh two Diamond League points to go with one point for third at the Glasgow leg of the Diamond League, which places him fifth overall with one more competition for the shot putters. In an action-packed finish to the season, Walsh has four more meets including the Weltklasse Zurich Diamond League and the season ending Continental Cup in Marrakech.
The other New Zealander competing in Stockholm, Glasgow bronze medallist Zane Robertson went with the early pace in the 5000m, passing through 3000m in fifth position in a quick 7:47, before fading over the last three laps and finishing 12th in 13:43.19. The race was won by 20 year old Ethiopian Muktar Edris in a world leading 12:54.83.
IAAF Diamond League, Sainsbury’s Birmingham Alexander Stadium – 24 August 2014
Valerie Adams notched up her 55th consecutive shot put victory at her penultimate Diamond League competition for the season at the Birmingham leg of the IAAF series on Monday morning (NZT).
The 29 year old triple Commonwealth champion hit her winning throw of 19.96m on her first attempt, and then threw 19.92 and 19.95 on her next two attempts. Two fouls followed before she finished with a 19.73. On a day when all of the throwers were down on their bests, world number two Christina Schwanitz from Germany was out to 19.27 for second and Glasgow silver medallist Cleopatra Borel from Trinidad third in 18.62.
Adams has collected 24 Diamond League points from her perfect six from six record in this year’s Diamond League, the highest score of any athlete across in the 2014 contest. She has surpassed the other two high fliers Sandra Perkovic from Croatia in the Discus and French Pole Vaulter Renad Lavillenie who have both suffered recent defeats.
Adams will contest her final Diamond League meeting of the season in Brussels on 4 September and complete her season at the Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco.
Zane Robertson, contesting the seldom raced two miles distance in Birmingham, finished a very good second place behind double Olympic Champion Mo Farah from Great Britain.
Robertson, the 24 year old Commonwealth Games bronze medallist had a disappointing 5000m race at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting four days earlier but bounced back to record 8:22.82, the fifth fastest by a New Zealander over the distance, behind Rod Dixon's 8:14.32.
The African-based Kiwi ran with Farah for much of the distance before British runner broke away and went on the win in a national record of 8:07.85.
Angie Smit, in her 2nd ever Diamond League appearance, finished eighth in the 800m, recording 2:02.22. The race was won by Scot Lynsey Sharp who upset Commonwealth Champion Eunice Sum in 1:59.14.
Robertson and Smit will also race in the Continental Cup.
Bad Kostritz Werfertag throws meet , Germany – 24 August 2014
Midway through Tom Walsh’s gruelling schedule of four competitions in 10 days, he followed up his second place finish in Thursday’s Stockholm Diamond League event with third at the Bad Kostritz Werfertag throws meet in Germany. Walsh's 20.75was just 4cm short of his throw in Stockholm, to finish behind the world outdoor champion and local favourite David Storl (21.29) and world indoor champion Ryan Whiting of the USA (20.89). Walsh had beaten both in Stockholm.
These two meets have underlined Walsh’s status among the world’s elite rank of shotputters.
Walsh now heads to Zurich for his final Diamond League meeting of the season on Thursday, before completing the run of events at the ISTAF Berlin World Challenge next Sunday.
He will finish a very successful season at the Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morroco.
Australian Cross Country Championships, Albany Western Australia – 23 August 2014
George Beamish was third in the junior men’s 8km in 25:43. Jacob Priddey was sixth in 25:50. Also running from New Zealand Samuel Pendreigh 26:34 and Andrew Stewart 29:09. Audrey Gregan was fourth in the junior women’s 6km in 22:15, Anneke Grogan seventh in 22:41, Charlotte Cahill 23:41.
Boys under 18 6km: Conal Wilson 19:01 (2), Sean Eustace 19:05 (4), Cameron Avery 19:15 (6), Harry Ewing 19:31 (8), Matthew Prest 19:48 (16), James Preston 20:27 (32). Girls under 18 4km: Deborah Payne 14:25 (11), Hanna English 14:34 (17), Kelsey Forman 14:38 (18), Jessica Anderson 14:50 (23), Grace Wood 14:52 (24), Sophie Rees 14:54 (26), Alice Oakeley-Bird 15:13 (35).
Auckland Road Championships, Unitec Mt Albert – 24 August 2014
Jono Jackson had no trouble collecting the Auckland road running title covering the 10km in 32:26 beating his training partner Josh Maisey by 25 seconds.
Jackson who leaves in a week’s time for Europe and the world mountain running championships in Italy said that the five lap course around the Unitec complex provided him with some mountain training.
“We ran clockwise as opposed anti-clockwise in other years which means the hill on each lap is short and sharp which gave me good training for strength,” he said.
Jackson added that before the race he looked at the field and saw that it wasn’t as strong as Auckland could put out.
“So Josh and I decided to go for one and two, we got to the front and ran it easy for the first three laps and then with 4km to go we put the hammer down and really blasted away from there and it went according to plan luckily,” said Jackson.
Mike Banks just held out William Harris by two seconds to take third in 33:00.
Annie Keown is shaping up as a strong contender for a medal in the New Zealand championships in Tauranga in two weeks time after a convincing victory in the senior women’s 10km in 36:19. After running with Rebecca Fogarty over the first half Keown stepped up the tempo and went on to head in Fogarty by 1:30.
Keown said that it all went to plan.
“I’ve just kept training through and wanted to get a race in before the nationals,” she said.
Harry Linford won the junior men 8km in 26:43. Linford, a winner by over two minutes, said that it was a good work out prior to the national road championships.
“I’m running about 110km a week, and doing lots of speed work, and I just really want to nail the road champs, that’s the big one I’ve been aiming for and also the Kerikeri half marathon in November,” he said. Linford is from Whangarei and is studying architecture at Auckland University.
Sian English the junior women 5km in 18:45 and the best of the masters were Greg Darbyshire 10km in 35:14 and Rachel Penney 5km in 19:05. The youth 6km went Matthew Manning in 19:59, two seconds ahead of Luke Fielding and the youth women 4km to Katherine Badhan in 14:57 from Alana Sherman 15:03.
Wellington Road Championships, Wainuiomata – 23 August 2014
Sarah Drought had an ambitious pack determined to stick with her at the Wellington Road Championships, including team-mate Gabrielle O’Rourke, and Scottish’s Tina Harris, Nicole Mitchell, Hinano Andrews and Katy Kemp. Drought kept pushing the pace and dropped her challengers, one by one, until the only one remaining was Kemp. Kemp tried to take the lead at 8km, but Drought responded straightaway and pushed on to claim the title in 36:22. Kemp meanwhile comfortably won the masters women’s title in 36:29. Harris (37:10) and O’Rourke (37:32) picked up second and third respectively in the senior women’s race, while Jackie Mexted (38:17) and Lindsey Barwick (40:37) were Kemp’s closest chasers.
Scottish's Cameron Goldsmid (31:21) continued his unbeaten run at Wellington championship races this season in the same fashion as the rest of the year - going straight to the front and quickly opening up a big lead. However club mate Rowan Hooper (31:24) slowly closed the gap and came close to catching the runaway Goldsmid on the last lap. Trentham’s Brian Garmonsway (31:40) followed in Hooper’s wake to pick up third.
Grant McLean comfortably controlled the master’s men's race in 33:53 from Michael Wray and M50 winner Peter Stevens. Alisha Gilchrist was fastest junior woman in 18:24, and Nathan Tse put in a big final lap win the junior men's title in 25:47.
Canterbury Road Championships, Bottle Lake Forest Park – 23 August 2014
Daniel Balchin was a clear winner of the senior 10km in 31:03, leading in David Ridley 32:52, Brad Mathas 33:41 and Dallas Wichman 33:45. Rachel Kingsford won the women’s title over 10km in 35:40 from Kimberley Wilcock 38:16. The best of the masters were Mark Bailey 31:45 for 10km and Heather McKenzie 19:37 for 5km. The junior men 8km went to Benjamin Musson in 26:46 and the women to Kiri Atkin 5km in 19:02. Harriet Bush won the youth 5km in 19:09 and the youth men 6km to Goiteom Gebremedihin in 19:31. Roseanne Robinson won the women’s 10km race walk title in 56:44 while Jonathon Lord won the senior men’s title in 48:18.
ROAD RACES AROUND THE COUNTRY
O’Hagan’s Viaduct 5km, 19 August: Chris Wharam 16:46, Ciaran Faherty 17:07, John Mauro 17:45. Pip Meo 19:06.
Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 20 August: Marcus Robertson 16:51, Brad Burnett 18:20.
Cornwall Park 5km, 23 August: Gene Rand 18:22, Gavin Stevens 18:34, Sam Duncan 18:51.
Parkrun 5km, 23 August: Benjamin Moody 18:32, Igor Rodic 18:45.
Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Series, 19 August: Grant McLean 17:29, Adam Sharman 18:27. Walk; Terri Grimmett 31:19. Fraser Samson 31:28.
Five Bridges Marathon, Petone, 17 August: Geoff Ferry 2:59:26, Harry Burnard 3:01:33, Alastair Willis 3:02:16. Ingrid Frost 3:51:56, Rachel Horsey 3:52:05, Deb Peach 3:54:11. Half; Ben Twyman 1:17:02. 10km; Noah Morrison 37:12.
Woodbourne Half Marathon, 17 August 2014: Hamish Hargest 1:18:38, Robbie Barnes 1:19:08, Alan Bryson 1:21:50. Annabelle Latz 1:25:53. 10km; Steve Harvey 38:34, Jeff Seatter 38:36.
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