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28 May 2024 • Weekly Roundup

Weekly Round Up: 28 May

James Preston bettered the 62-year-old national men’s 800m record in Pfungstadt, Germany. Credit: (Alisha Lovrich).

World Para Athletics Championships, Universiade Memorial Stadium, Kobe, 17-25 May:

A magnificent result from a team of five athletes from New Zealand collecting a total of eight medals, gold to William Stedman and Danielle Aitchison, four silver to Aitchison, Stedman, Holly Robinson and Anna Grimaldi and two bronze to Grimaldi and Mitch Joynt. Also, the team achieved a world record, five New Zealand records and three Oceania records. Out of 60 countries that featured on the medal ladder, New Zealand finished an impressive 18th.
18 May: William Stedman T36 400m R1 55.73 (3H1) Q. Anna Grimaldi T47 100m R1 12.69 +0.8 (2H1) Q.
19 May: William Stedman T36 400m 53.36 PB, NZ Para record (1). Anna Grimaldi T47 100m 12.72 -0.5 (3).
20 May: Danielle Aitchison T36 100m 13.48 +0.7 (2). Shi Yiting of China won in a world record 13.35, breaking Aitchison’s record of 13.41.
22 May: Holly Robinson F46 Shot Put 12.25m (2). (10.87, 11.12, 11.48, 11.33, 11.51, 12.25) Oceania and New Zealand record. World record holder with 13.32m, Noelle Malkamaki (USA) won with 13.12m.
23 May: Danielle Aitchison T36 200m 27.47 -0.1 (1) World Record, Shi Yiting of China who held the previous world record of 28.17 was second in 28.06.
24 May: Mitch Joynt T64 200m heats 23.50 -0.3 (3H1) Q. Anna Grimaldi T47 Long Jump 5.84m -0.9 (2), World record holder with 6.23m Kiara Rodriguez of Ecuador won with 6.17m +0.1.
25 May: William Stedman T36 Long Jump 5.85m +0.1 (2), Evgenii Torsunov (Neutral Para Athlete) won with 5.89m +0.8. Stedman set a New Zealand and Oceania record. Mitch Joynt T64 200m 23.15 +0.7 (3) New Zealand record. Wallison Andre Fortes (Brazil) won in 23.11.
Merck Laufgala, Pfungstadt, 25 May:
James Preston 800m 1:44.04 PB (1), New Zealand national record, breaking Peter Snell’s 1962 record of 1:44.3 and under Paris Olympic Games entry standard of 1:44.70. Brad Mathas 1:45.80 (2). Guy Learmonth (GB) was third in 1:46.02. Thomas Cowan 1:50.07 (2RC).
USA Diamond League, The Prefontaine Classic, Hayward Field, Eugene OR, 25 May: Geordie Beamish Bowerman mile 3:49.09 PB (8), a hundredth of a second outside John Walker’s 1982 New Zealand record. Josh Kerr (GB) won in 3:45.34. Beamish 1500m enroute 3:34.47. Tom Walsh Shot Put 21.33m (5) (20.94, 21.33, 20.74, 20.63, 21.00). Joe Kovacs (USA) won with 23.13m.
NCAA East First Round, Kentucky Track Facility, Lexington KY, 22 May: Will Anthony 10,000m 29:08.24 (2H1). 23 May: Kimberley May 1500m Heats 4:07.00 PB (1H1), Maia Ramsden 1500m 4:10.83 (1H2). 24 May: Taonga Mbambo 5000m 14:34.04 (17H2). 25 May: Kimberley May 1500m Quarter Finals 4:07.51 (2H1), Maia Ramsden 1500m 4:05.65 (1H2). Maia Ramsden 5000m 15:29.06 PB (2H2), Hannah Gapes 5000m 16:04.07 (9H2).
NCAA West First Round, John McDonnell Field, Fayetteville AR, 22 May: Chris Devaney 10,000m 31:05.92 (44H1), Anthony Barmes HT 69.07m (7). 23 May: Krystie Solomon 800m 2:04.91 (4H4). Kaia Tupu-South SP 16.90m (15), Tapenisa Havea 16.47m (24). Alexandria Maples HT 60.52m (11), Centaine Noom-Duckworth 57.74m (22). Abbey Moody JT 45.02m (35). 25 May: Alice Taylor HJ 1.84m (8), Josie Taylor HJ 1.81m (14). Tapenisa Havea DT 55.62m PB (14), Kaia Tupu-South 54.52m PB (21).
NCAA Division III, Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, Myrtle Beach SC, 22 May: Colin Kirkpatrick 1500m 3:52.55 (4H2). 24 May: Colin Kirkpatrick 1500m 3:52.25 (3).
NCAA Division II, Francis G. Welch Stadium, Emporia KS, 23/24 May: Kayla Goodwin Heptathlon 5354 points (8) (100m H 14.45 +1.4, HJ 1.69m PB, SP 11.23m, 200m 25.67 +0.4 PB, LJ 5.75m -0.8, JT 38.32m, 800m 2:25.43). 24 May: Kayla Goodwin TJ 12.63m +2.6, also 12.36m +0.2. Sam Idiens 800m 1:51.69 (1H1). 25 May: Sam Idiens 800m 1:49.06 (3).
AGN League, Pilditch Stadium, Pretoria, 18 May:
Ethan Olivier TJ 16.65m +0.1 (1), Welrè Olivier TJ 15.93m -1.6 (2).
ACNW Open Track & Field meeting, NWU McArthur Stadium, Potchefstroom 25 May: Ethan Olivier TJ 17.01m +0.0 (1), Welrè Olivier TJ 16.26m -0.0 (2). Ethan adds 21cm on to his national, U20 and U19 records.
Míting Internacional d’Atletisme Ciutat de Barcelona, Estadi Joan Serrahima, 19 May:
Keeley O’Hagan HJ 1.81m (3).
IFAM Outdoor, Stade-Roi Baudoin, Bruxelles, 25 May:
James Steyn PV 5.22m (6). Keeley O’Hagan HJ 1.76m (4).
Heino Lipp Memorial, Jõhvi, 23 May:
Lauren Bruce HT 67.20m (2) (65.90, 66.15, 66.81, 67.20, 64.88, 65.84). AUSTRALIA
Sydney 10km, Olympic Park, 19 May:
Jason Hunt 31:28 PB (28).
Montee du Grand Ballon, 14.3km, 1,150m+, Willer Sur Thur, 26 May:
Michael Sutton 1:11:06 (1), Matthieu Le Fur (France) 1:13:06 (2).

Winter Throws Competition, AUT Millennium Stadium, North Shore – 25 May 2024

Oliver Chung 5kg HT 38.91m.
Tauranga Open Cross Country, Waipuna Park, Welcome Bay – 25 May 2024

Senior women 4km; Aimee Ferguson 16:18, Sabrina Edwards 17:08. MW 35+ Sarah Gardner 16:38, 50+ Kristine Reid 18:53. U20 Ella Smart 16:05, Charo Heijnen 16:39. U18 Eleanor Pugh 16:41. U16 Girls 3km Kate Faitl 11:35, U14 Daisy Ruthe 11:30.
Senior men 8km; Max Green 28:09, Liam Dooley 28:21, Elliott Pugh 28:41. MM 35+ Ben Ruthe 29:30, 50+ Michael Pugh 31:46, 65+ 6km Mark Handley 29:32. U20 6km Sean Collins 21:37, U18 Corban Holmes 21:21, U16 Boys 3km Sam Ruthe 9:35, U14 Cooper Hogan 11:08.
100th Vosseler Shield Mountain Races, Mt Victoria – 25 May 2024

10km; Nathan Tse 38:14, Tom Strawbridge 40:11, Ryan Woolley 40:19. Nicola Hankinson 57:19, Hinano Andrews 1:03:26. 5km; Maia Flint 21:31, Ollie Palmer 21:36.

Bay of Islands Run Fest, Paihia Village Green, 26 May:
50km; Sam Rout 3:30:38, David Haunschmidt 3:38:21, Nathan Ryken 3:44:42. Hannah Oldroyd 4:01:40, Ady McKenzie 4:37:17, Cara Pinny 4:38:34. Half Marathon; Patrick Kalin 1:31:34. Mia Gordon 1:44:38. 8.7km; Ben Watkins 30:44, Tommy Earl 31:59, Ben Keyte 32:14. Bella Earl 35:34, Kylie Wood 37:40, Zola McDonald 37:55.
Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 22 May:
Andrew Cave 17:18, Tom Hanrahan 19:28, Kevin Knowles 20:34.
Run Auckland 10km, Ambury Regional Park, Mangere, 26 May: Tyler Jerram 36:12, Julian Ng 37:44, Alan Houghton 38:51. Ashleigh Mullaly 41:13. 5km; Daniel Sharp 19:27. Anna Hickey 21:09.
Whitianga Run Fest, Buffalo Beach Reserve, 25 May:
Half Marathon; Sam Bremer 1:16:00 PB, Andrew Pointon 1:17:55, Tom McKenzie 1:27:12. Mish Waylen 1:35:05, Kirsten Milne 1:43:02, Lilli Pritchard 1:45:29.
The Honest 10km, Oriental Bay, 19 May:
Nathan Tse 30:30 PB, course record, Joshua Naisbitt 35:40, Derek McGoldrick 36:37. Bridget Douglas 44:05. 5km; Alex Ross 17:52.
The Bay Trail Run, Cable Bay Adventure Park, 25 May:
55km; Aditya Kesarcodi-Waston 5:31:09, Matthew Moloney 6:25:48, Sam Hunnisett 6:41:33. Nancy Jiang 6:43:10, Francesca Harris 8:02:37, Kate Annan 8:12:19. 34km; Dean Stewart 3:46:07. Nikki Kear 4:25:09. 24km; Dougal Shepherd 2:11:59. Charlotte Ganter 3:10:54. 10km; Ciaran Durand 55:30. Karen Fulton 57:30.

Former national sprint hurdles champion Jan Lothian (nee Mack) passed away on Wednesday 22 May 2024 in Whangarei aged 75.
Jan won four national 100m hurdles titles between 1970 and 1977 as well as the inaugural women’s 400m hurdles title in 1976.
She won her first New Zealand title as Jan Mack in 1970. Four years later, as Jan Lothian, she added a second title when she dead heated with five times champion Brenda Matthews. In 1976 and 1977 Lothian extended her cache of national titles. In the 1976 championships, held in Auckland, she produced her personal best over the 100m hurdles, clocking 13.90.
She completed an unprecedented double at those championships, the year the women’s 400m hurdles was introduced. Lothian gamely lined up and covered the 400 metres in 62.03s, which not only made her the first national champion in the event, but also the first New Zealand record-holder.
She represented New Zealand in the 100m hurdles at the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games.
She cruised through her first round heat in 14.0, was fifth in her semi-final in 14.3 and finished ninth equal overall. She would have joined fellow New Zealanders Michelle Miles and Brenda Matthews in the final, if she’d been able to repeat her heat time.
Jan’s passing comes just 10 weeks after her husband and coach Paul Lothian, who she married in 1971, passed away.
Her funeral will be held on Friday 7 June at 2.30pm at the Maunu Crematorium, 71 Cemetery Road Maunu Whangarei.