Athletics: Kiwi fifth in Diamond League 800m

Angie Smit finished fifthin the 800 metres in her first Diamond League race at a packed London Olympic Stadium. Photo/Paul Taylor
Angie Smit finished fifthin the 800 metres in her first Diamond League race at a packed London Olympic Stadium. Photo/Paul Taylor

Angie Smit made the most of her opportunity in her first Diamond League race to finish fifth in the 800 metres in a packed London Olympic Stadium this morning (NZT).

Smit crossed in a time of 2 minutes 0.42 seconds in a strong field, just 0.39s outside her personal best set two weeks ago at the World Student Games in Russia.

After a quick first lap, Smit positioned herself well with a decisive move into fourth place with 200m to run. She fought hard up the home straight but was unable to climb into a top three position.

The race was won by Brenda Martinez of the United States in a meeting record time of 1:58.19.

Smit now returns to the New Zealand team's base in Berlin for her final preparations for the Moscow World Championships starting on August 10.

Valerie Adams contests the shot put on Sunday morning.

- APNZ

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