New York Marathon – 6 November 2011
Kimberley Smith qualified for the London Olympic Games after finishing fifth in the New York marathon in 2h 25m 46s.
The 29 year old, who turns 30 Saturday week, was six minutes under the Olympic qualifying time and nearly four minutes faster than her fifth placing in New York last year, but just 25 seconds short of her New Zealand record set in last year’s London marathon.
Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia won in 2h 23m 15s with Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya winning the men’s race in 2h 5m 5s.
While disappointed that she didn’t finish in the first three Smith said it was her best ever marathon.
“It was a much better run than I did in London when I set my PB where it is a very flat course. New York is very hilly so overall it was a better run but I am a little bit disappointed that I didn’t finish in the top three,” said Smith.
“It is good to get that out of the way, a qualifying time for London I can now concentrate on my preparations for next year,” she added.
2011 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
World and Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams has been selected as one of the three finalists for the 2011 Woman Athlete of the Year.
The other two are 5000m and 10,000m winner in Daegu Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya and sprint hurdler Sally Pearson of Australia.
The three finalists for the male athlete of the year are: sprinters Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt of Jamaica and Kenyan 800m runner David Rudisha.
The winners will be announced at the 2011 World Athletics Gala in Monaco next Saturday 12 November.
New Zealand’s Ron Robertson has already been announced as the World Male Master Athlete of the Year and will be in Monaco for the Gala.
Athletics, Mt Smart Stadium – 5 November 2011
It was disaster for World Youth Championships hurdles silver medallist Joshua Hawkins at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday.
Metres away from taking out a convincing victory in the 200m the outstanding 17 year old stumbled and collapsed on to the track.
A subsequent diagnosis at hospital revealed an Achilles tendon rupture on his left leg.
His coach Joe Hunter said that it is too early to say whether Hawkins will be out of action for the rest of this season.
“It is in a cast at the moment and I will be checking with high performance to get the best surgeon on to it,” said Hunter.
Earlier in the programme Hawkins won the M19 110m hurdles in a wind assisted 14.19s (+5.7), just under the New Zealand M18 record of 14.22s.
Hawkins, the New Zealand M19 200m and M16 110m hurdles champion, holds the national M16 and M17 110m hurdles records.
Joseph Millar of Papamoa was the best in the sprints winning the 100m in 10.95s (+1.9) and the 200m, slowing up after Hawkins fell, in 22.30s (+2.4).
Louise Hodge was sharp in the women’s 100m in 12.61s (+1.9) and the 200m in 26.34s (+1.8). Ben Moynihan held out Declan Wilson to win the 1500m in 3m 58.3s.
In the field events national W19 and W16 shot put champion Siositina Hakeai won the shot with 13.26m and the discus with a throw of 48.49m.
Adam Miller won the same double with 15.10m and 42.19m. Runner up in both the national W19 and W16 triple jump championships Jennifer Scott was out to 11.45m (+2.1) in the triple jump.
Daniel Dyet has got his athletic season away to a flying start clocking up three personal best performances within a week.
The 20 year old had a great battle with New Zealand M16 record holder Frazer Wickes. The pair were locked in a desperate dash down the home straight Wickes just holding on to win in 48.3s from Dyet who ran 48.5s.
Last week Dyet recorded a career best 400m hurdles of 52.98s and on Thursday ran a personal best 800m of 1m 57s. On Saturday Dyet won the 100m in 11.08s (+2.7).
Wickes, who holds the M16 record at 47.68s, was hoping for a faster time.
“I wanted a bit better, but it’s my first race I can’t complain,” he said.
The 19 year old has had one of his best winter preparations for some time.
“It’s the first full season that I’ve had in a while of winter training so I’m feeling strong, just a bit slow, but it will come.”
Pakuranga 5km Series, 31 October: Leo Roper 17m 10s from Gavin Hanson 18m 17s. Chantelle Godfrey 20m 29s.
O’Hagan’s Viaduct 5km, 1 November: Chris Wharam 17m 41s from Michael Rodliffe 17m 59s. Elise Salt 19m 4s.
Eastside 5km River Run, 1 November: Steve Rees-Jones won in 15m 34s, from Kent Hodgson 18m 36s. Angela Simpson was the first woman in 19m 51s.
Open Meeting, Tauranga Domain – 5 November 2011
Cameron French won the M19 100m in 11.03s (+3.2) and the 400m in 51.67s. Kristie Baillie won the same double in 12.85s (-0.1) and 56.05s. Abby Goldie won the W16 100m in 12.74s (0.0). Sally Gibbs W48 won the 3000m in 10m 20.4s.
Bays and Bridges Challenge, 14km Run around Waipu Bay – 6 November 2011
Kyle Macdonald won in 46m 4s, from John Caie 51m 56s. Laurie Pugh was the first woman in 59m 5s from Sarah Gibby 64m 22s.
Napier City Half Marathon – 6 November 2011
Phil McKay won in 1h 22m 5s from Ben Norling 1h 25m 5s. Anna Tyler was the first woman in 1h 31m 42s from Annika Edmondson 1h 31m 50s.
Graeme Jones won the walk in 1h 49m 19s with Vanessa Lowl recording 2h 16m 11s.
Interclub Regional Sports Park – 5 November 2011
Anneke Smith W16 800m in 2m 27.48s. Callum Hardie M16 javelin throw 40.90m. Australian visitors were outstanding in the junior walks, Reese Walmsley recording 16m 18.48s in the B13 3000m and Hayden Walmsley 12m 29.00s in the B10 2000m.
At the Manawatu Secondary School Sports Award held last Wednesday, Ben Langton-Burnell was awarded the Manawatu Secondary School Supreme Male Sportsperson Award. Ben is the Athletics New Zealand M19 javelin titleholder. Thirteen-year-old Kara Macdermid, one of Manawatu's future stars, was rewarded for an all-round year, winning the individual awards for athletics, crosscountry and mountainbiking. Joshua Baan gained an individual award for male cross country.
Black Programme, Newtown Park Stadium – 5 November 2011
Saravee Sos won the sprint double recording 11.34s (-1.0) over 100m and 22.64s (-2.2) over 200m. Susannah Lynch W16 800m in 2m 22.97s and Kieron McDonald M19 800m in 1m 56.92s. Anna Thomson W16 triple jump 1.11m (+0.7) and Stuart Hood M16 3000m race walk 14m 47.36s.
Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Series, 1 November: Peter Mackenzie 16m 46s from Jason Waite 16m 54s. Angela Leck 18m 43s from Kathryn Bunckenburg 19m 15s. In the walk John Roskvist 29m 30s, Terri Grimmet 31m 3s.
Ian Columbus Honoured
Former president of Athletics New Zealand Ian Columbus was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent SPARC volunteer awards for the top of the South. Ian is the current patron of both the Marlborough Athletics and Harrier Clubs and is also a Life Member of both Clubs. Ian recently celebrated his 80th birthday.
Athletics, Burnside High School (Grass Track) – 5 November 2011
Tanawut Nitayawan M17 long jump 6.39m (+0.2) and 100m 11.84s (+0.1). Kastik Chella M16 triple jump 12.01m (+0.3). Nick McGrath M17 shot put 14.51m and discus 45.68m. Freddy Faull M17 javelin 45.68m. Courtney Ruske W17 2000m race walk 9m 19.95s.
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