Athletics: Three added to NZ team for world champs

Brent Newdick. Photo /  Mark Mitchell
Brent Newdick. Photo / Mark Mitchell

Three athletes have been added to the Athletics New Zealand team for the World Championships in Moscow in August.

Brent Newdick (Decathlon), Jake Robertson (10,000m) and Kim Smith (10,000m) were named today by the Athletics New Zealand selectors.

All have reached the Athletics New Zealand B performance standard.

Newdick is currently in Europe preparing for a decathlon in Kladno, Czech Republic.

Robertson is training in Canada and Smith continues her preparations from her base in Providence, Rhode Island.

They join four previously announced team members: Valerie Adams (shot put), Mary Davies (marathon), Quentin Rew (50km walk) and Nick Willis (1500m).

Adams begins her Diamond League campaign this weekend at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon. Davies has recently run a 32:08 10km personal best in Ottawa, Canada and continues her preparations in Houston, Texas.

Rew is training from his English base and Willis has cut short his early season racing following a minor injury.

He is back at his Michigan home training and awaiting the birth of his first child.

An announcement of any further athletes added to the team will be made on July 2.


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