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7 June 2022 • High Performance

Weekly Round Up: 7 June

Tom Walsh finished on top of both the Orlen Janusz Kusocinski Memorial and the Irena Szewinska Memorial to collect his second straight head-to-head win over two-time world champion Joe Kovacs from the USA (Photo: Pawel Skraba Sport Photography)

New Zealand Track & Field results


Under Armour All Out Mile, AUT Millennium Stadium, North Shore – 2 June 2022
National junior 800m champion Zane Powell won in 4:08.45, from national junior 1500m champion Karsen Vesty 4:09.20 PB and former national U20 3000m and road champion Liam Lamb who clocked 4:09.29. Matthew Taylor was next in 4:11.45 followed in by Luke Hitchcock 4:14.07, Jack Paine 4:16.84 PB and Sam Waldin 4:21.25 PB.

National 800m champion Holly Manning won the women’s mile in 4:48.64 from national 1500m and mile champion Laura Nagel 4:50.21 and national steeplechase champion Anneke Grogan 4:52.00. New Zealand U20 800m champion Macey Hilton was fourth in a PB 4:56.19 followed by Charlotte Floodsmith-Ryan 5:01.26, Bella Browne 5:01.83 and Chloe Browne 5:05.36.

Autumn Winter Throws Series #3, AUT Millennium Stadium, North Shore – 4 June 2022
Centaine Noom-Duckworth HT 49.14m. Jasmine He Ling HT 37.72m PB, 3kg HT 44.19m. Savannah Atoaga DT 31.60m, 3kg SP 10.74m. Sina-Maria Sua 3kg SP 11.49m. Carol Conte W75 750g DT 12.30m PB, 400g JT 11.91m PB.

Daniel Shaw 800g JT 45.23m PB, 700g JT 48.02m.

International Results


Pre-Oceania Meeting, Mackay, Queensland, 4 June: The crack New Zealand women’s team continue to reduce the national 4 x 100m relay record, with another stunning performance of 43.79. The team of Anna Percy, Zoe Hobbs, Georgia Hulls and Livvy Wilson improved on Livvy Wilson, Rosie Elliott, Georgia Hulls and Zoe Hobbs record of 44.05 set in Sydney in early April. Interestingly it is the fifth time that Georgia Hulls has run the third leg as a member of the record breaking New Zealand team, Naples 2019 time 44.24, Canberra 2020 44.20, Henderson February 2022 =44.20, Sydney April 2022 44.05 and now in Mackay.

Other New Zealand results: Anna Percy 100m 11.87 -1.3 (3). Rosie Elliott 200m 23.65 -1.6 (1), Brooke Somerfield 24.45 (3), Camryn Smart 24.77 (4), Maddie Kelso-Heap 26.73 (5). Jordyn Blake 400m 55.32 (1), Lucy Shennan 56.93 (3). Emma Ferguson 800m 2:19.82 (1). Hannah Gapes 1500m 4:29.50 (1). Amy Robertson 100m hurdles 14.92 +0.5 (2), Julia Burnham 15.04 (3). Christina Ryan 15.15 (4), Maddie Wilson 15.26 PB (5). Josephine Reeves HJ 1.73m (1). Christina Ryan LJ 5.48m 0.0 (1), Maddie Wilson 5.39m +0.5 (2). Lisa Adams Para Athlete F37 3kg SP 14.26m (1). Natalia Rankin-Chitar SP 13.92m (2), Caitlin Dore F37 4kg SP 8.65m (3). Tatiana Kaumoana DT 53.69m (1), Natalia Rankin-Chitar 42.55m PB (2). Lizzie Hewitt HT 52.31m (2), Dyani Shepherd-Oates 48.76m (3). Tori Peeters JT 60.97m (1), Abbey Moody 44.77m (5), Christina Ryan 34.40m (6).

Eddie Osei-Nketia 100m 10.38 +0.6 (2R1), Asher Pettengell-Brand 11.25 -0.3 (3R3), Max Attwell 11.30 +0.6 (6R2). Asher Pettengell-Brand 200m 22.24 +0.2 (2R3). James Ford 800m 1:51.77 PB (1). Will Anthony 1500m 3:48.49 PB (1). Max Attwell 110m H 15.78 +0.6 PB (1), Jared Neighbours 16.90 (2). Adam Stack HJ 1.98m (1). Max Attwell LJ 6.71m +0.5 (2), JT 42.69m (4). Nick Palmer SP 18.11m (1), Ryan Ballantyne 18.04m (2), Jared Neighbours 11.11m (4). Ben Tuimaseve Para Athlete F37 5kg SP 11.69m (1). Jared Neighbours DT 42.53m (2), JT 54.07m (3). Todd Bates HT 55.71m (1).

Liam Ngchok-Wulf U20 6kg SP 16.87m (1), U20 6kg HT 53.56m (1). Harrison McGregor U18 5kg SP 16.67m (1), U18 1.5kg DT 49.99m (1).

Runaway Noosa Half Marathon, Noosa, 28 May: David Ridley 1:07:43 (4).


World Athletics Continental Tour, 61st Ostrava Golden Spike, Ostrava 31 May: Tom Walsh SP 21.68m (2), series 21.44, 20.55, x, 21.31, 21.04, 21.68.

Josefa Odlozil Memorial, World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze Meeting, Juliska Stadium, Prague, 6 June: Hamish Carson 1500m 3:38.97 (4).


World Athletics Continental Tour, 4th Irena Szewinska Memorial Meeting, Bydgoszcz, 3 June: Tom Walsh SP 21.80m (1), series 20.95, 20.94, 21.26, 21.80, 21.79, 21.13. Joe Kovacs was second with 21.76m and world indoor champion Darlan Romani of Brazil third with 21.45m. Lauren Bruce HT 63.90m (11). Hamish Carson 1500m 3:37.73 (8).

World Athletics Continental Tour, Orlen Janusz Kusocinski Memorial Meeting, Chorzow, 5 June: Tom Walsh SP 22.31m (1), beating two-time reigning world champion Joe Kovacs for the second time within a week. Walsh’s series 21.11, 21.70, 22.31, 21.88, 20.86, 21.20. Kovacs was out to 22.00m and Konrad Bukowiecki of Poland was third with 21.66m.


Boxx United Manchester World Athletics Continental Tour Silver Meeting, 3 June: Rebekah Greene 1500m 4:20.96 (11).


Music City Track Carnival Festival, Nashville TN, 5 June: Craig Lautenslager mile 4:10.63 (14).


Leichtathletik Meeting Anhalt, Dessau, 25 May: Jennifer Hauke 800m 2:09.22 (10).

Ludwig Jall International, Munich, 29 May: Jennifer Hauke 800m 2:06.73 (1).

57th International Pentecost Sport Meeting, Rehlingen, 5 June: James Preston 800m 1:47.79 (1R2).

International Sparkassen Hammerwurf Meeting, Frankisch-Crumbach, 5 June: Lauren Bruce HT 70.02m (2), series 67.03, 70.02, 68.55, x, 65.71, 69.89.


DM-UDM Ostsvenska, Norrkoping, 5 June: Tim Robertson 1500m 3:55.60 (1).

Road and Trail Races Around the Country

O’Hagan’s 5km, Viaduct Harbour, 31 May: Keith Burrows 17:28, Adam Berry 17:45, Owen Mitchell 17:54. Tia Knight 19:35, Sophie Hogan 21:42, Isabel Emerson 22:29.

Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 1 June: Damon Nicholas 18:35, Conan Christmas 20:10, Robert Good 20:11.

Orewa Half Marathon, 5 June: Jake Hendrickx 1:11:24 PB, Simon Cochrane 1:13:37, Marika Taumoli 1:15:29. Laura Roberts 1:13:05, Katrina Andrew 1:16:19 PB, Nicola Hobbs 1:20:56. 10km; Alex Bees 41:28. Emma Mackie 43:12. 5km; Mark Carryer 19:39. Julia Dale 30:40.

Royal Derby 5km, Ascot Park, 4 June: Corban Straker 16:01, Sam Petty 16:15, Luke Johnston 16:33, Daniel Prescott 16:33, Tram O’Callaghan 16:35. Sarah McClure 18:43, Sarah McSweeney 18:50, Kate Currie 18:54, Elspeth McGuiness 19:13, Charlotte Chiles 19:38. 2.5km; Luke Jansen 10:49. Tayla Cox 11:23.

Selwyn Marathon, Lincoln, 5 June: Clinton Manderson 2:47:55, Hayden Zervos 2:51:34, James Richmond 2:56:30. Emily Bell 3:47:09, Margaret Hazelwood 4:27:06, Abigail Thomas-Wilkins 4:27:54. Half marathon; Blake Weston 1:19:49, Jack Brownke 1:19:58, Ryan White 1:20:14. Sally Gibbs (59) 1:24:41, NZ masters W55 record, Rebecca Allnutt 1:28:40, Caitlin Bassett 1:31:01. 10km; David Lee 30:10, Auren Clarke 34:38, David Sewell 36:39. Julia Sweeney 40:25.

Queen’s Birthday Honours

Outstanding Para Athlete Holly Robinson of Calton Hill Dunedin was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit MNZM in the Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours for services to athletics.

Holly has represented New Zealand as a Para Athlete for eleven years, having attended her first IPC Athletics World Championship in 2011 in Christchurch and was selected to compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. She competed in two IPC Athletics World Championships in 2013 and 2015, winning silver and bronze respectively. She was the opening ceremony flag bearer at the 2016 Paralympics Games in Rio, winning silver in the women’s javelin F46 event. She has won a further three silver medals at the 2017 and 2019 World Para Athletics Championships and the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. She won Gold in the women’s javelin F46 event at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. In 2021, she became the first Para-athlete to win a medal in an open event at the New Zealand Track and Field Championships, winning silver in javelin and she was third in the open event this year. She was the Māori Sportsperson with a Disability of the year at the Māori Sports Award Gala in 2017 and was named Otago Athlete of the Year and Otago Para-Athlete of the Year at the Athletics Otago Sports Awards in 2020.


Former leading junior middle distance runner Gordon McKenzie of Palmerston North died on 27 May 2022 aged 80.

He won the New Zealand junior one and three miles titles in 1961, beating Geoff Pyne on both occasions. In his last year at Auckland Grammar School in 1960 he won the school cross country championship, the 880 yards and set a record in the mile. At the Auckland inter secondary schools championships he won the mile and was second to Kim McDell in the cross country.