Athletics NZ weekly roundup 22 August 2016

By Athletics New Zealand

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Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Track and Field, Olympic Stadium - 12/20 August 2016

16 August: Eliza McCartney overcame some first time Olympian nerves to qualify for the final of the pole vault with a first attempt clearance of 4.60m.

However there were some anxious moments in the earlier heights, making 4.45m on her third attempt and needing a second attempt to clear 4.55m.

The automatic qualifying height was 4.60m or at least the 12 best performers. McCartney was one of seven who were over the bar at 4.60m with the remaining five coming into the final having achieved 4.55m.

In a drama packed second heat of the 5000m Nikki Hamblin was accorded a place in the final after a tumble shortly after half way which also brought down American Abbey DAgostino. They helped each other to their feet and bravely completed the distance. Following a review of the race both were given a place in the final.

Hamblin said that it all happened so fast.

"One minute Im on my feet theres some jostling in front and then I go down and the girl behind me went down and Im better off than her, shes pretty badly hurt and Im so thrilled that she finished because she kind of picked me up off the ground, saying weve got to keep running.

Abbey DAgostino from USA an awesome girl and we should cheer for her. Im pretty sure it wasnt my fault something happened in front of me to cause that," said Hamblin after finishing the race.

"It was a lonely five or six laps, youre running pretty slow because you know you just have to finish," she added.

It was a last minute decision before scratching had to be declared that Hamblin gave herself a tick to start.

"Im proud of myself to come back and run this race after the 1500m, I was that close to not running."

Lucy Oliver, New Zealands other 5000m runner finished 14th in the first heat in 15:53.77, missing making the final by 29 seconds.

Nick Willis was the only New Zealand 1500m runner to make it to the semi-finals of the 1500m. Julian Matthews was just one place and 0.36s shy of making it and Hamish Carson drew the slowest heat and finished eighth in 3:48.18.

Matthews was first up in heat one and was well placed leading into the final lap. He worked hard in the finishing straight but couldnt match the leg speed of those in front finishing ninth in 3:40.40.

Matthews said he felt fine going into the race.

"It felt alright, I felt I ran a good race tactically I just didnt have it there for the final kick down the home straight. I was in touch all the way so its just disappointing to finish that way.

"Its a real honour to be wearing this black singlet alongside Hamish and Nick were all very close and its been a special year for 1500m and I hope we can continue with it and bring more guys in as well," he said.

Carson said it was an amazing experience to be at an Olympic Games for the first time.

"Just didnt manage to get in that top six unfortunately. I put myself in a good position and then with about 500m to go I got a bit boxed in and had to work a bit too hard coming around with a lap to go. I didnt have it done down that home straight unfortunately. Im really stoked to be here, its an amazing atmosphere," said Carson.

Willis was in the third heat and kept out of trouble over the first three laps running at the rear of the field. When the pace went on down the back straight for the last time Willis moved into a striking position and down the home straight an opening appeared and he neatly slotted into a qualifying sixth place in 3:38.55.

Willis was straight off the track and swiftly through the mixed zone.

16 August results: Lucy Oliver 5000m heat 15:53.77 (14h1). Nikki Hamblin 5000m heat 16:43.61 (15h2) q. Eliza McCartney pole vault qualifying 4.60m Q. Julian Matthews 1500m heat 3:40.40 (9h1). Hamish Carson 1500m heat 3:48.18 (8h2). Nick Willis 1500m heat 3:38.55 (6h3) Q.

17 August: Angie Petty was first up in the 800m heats running heat one against four other runners who had posted faster times than her this year.

The 25 year old five times New Zealand champion drew the outside line and was quick to come into a handy position on the pole after breaking lanes at the start of the back straight.

Florina Pierdevara of Romania was through the first lap in a sharp 59.96 with Petty still in contact. However down the back straight the pace went on with the fastest in the field Lynsey Sharp of Britain, the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games silver medallist, opening up a lead.

Coming into the finishing straight Petty was unable to bridge the gap on Amela Terzic and Sahily Diago and had to settle for fourth in 2:02.40.

With just the first two from each of the eight heats and the next fastest eight which ended up as a cut off of 2:00.00 advancing, Petty did not make it to the semi-finals.

The first time Olympian was disappointed not to be continuing on at Rio.

"It is amazing to be an Olympian but Im just disappointed as to how I went. So grateful to be here and wearing the Olympic rings its been a childhood dream.

"I really wanted to be in that top two in the race and I knew it would be tough but I didnt quite have it there today," said Petty.

"I dont really know what happened, it was quite pushy at the start, I got spiked. I didnt feel that great in that last 200m which is a shame and I do seem to be a bit rusty in the heats sometimes and I hoping I wouldnt be today as Ive been training so well. Unfortunately I was actually a bit crook when I first arrived here in Rio. I dont like excuses but I did have to really make sure I recovered from that and I was feeling fine by yesterday, added Petty.

"This is a dream come true to be racing in the Olympics and I gave it everything and Im just grateful for everyone whos supported me, theres just been so many people."

Canadian Melissa Bishop, silver medallist at the world championships last year was the fastest qualifier in 1:58.38.

Stuart Farquhar after a good warm up going into his qualifying group for the javelin throw was unable to match his recent training form producing a best throw of only 77.32m well short of the automatic qualifying mark of 83.00m.

The sixteen times New Zealand champion and Commonwealth Games silver medallist had a series of 74.24m, 77.32m and 74.38m in his three attempts.

Farquhar aged 34 and in his fourth Olympics, came into the event with a seasons best of 83.93m and a career best of 86.31m.

He was disappointed not to be in the final of the javelin throw in his last Olympic Games.

"Not quite enough today. I left it in the warm up and didnt really capitalise it in the first three throws, so Im very disappointed," said Farquhar.

He pin pointed speed being a factor in not executing the perfect technical throw.

"Just in the full speed its a while since Ive really gone at that speed and I didnt quite hold my body position and I was just collapsing and I couldnt hold it and therefore cant really deliver a big throw, only a let out throw," he said.

"I wont be going to my fifth Olympics I wont be doing this again, this is my last one," he added.

Farquhar is proud of what he has achieved with long-time coach Debbie Strange.

"From when I was a junior going right through to developing myself as an international athlete, so her and I really forged who I am," said Farquhar.

Defending Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago had the best qualifying throw of 88.68m.

17 August results: Angie Petty 800m heat 2:02.40 (4h1). Stuart Farquhar javelin throw qualifying 77.32m (15qA).

18 August: Tom Walsh won the bronze medal in the shot put to match his gold from the world indoor championships and silver at the Commonwealth Games.

Walsh opened with a put of 20.54m, and was in fourth after round two with 21.20m. Ryan Crouser stamped his authority on the event early in the competition with a 22.22m in round two and 22.26m in the third round. Joe Kovacs was in second with 21.78m. Walsh fouled the third attempt and went into the final three throws holding fourth. In the fifth round Walsh was at his best with a 21.36m to take him into third ahead of Franck Elemba of the Congo. Crouser produced an Olympic record of 22.52m in the fifth round for the gold medal with Kovacs taking the silver ahead of Walsh who was out to 21.25m in the final round.

"Its awesome to get bronze, obviously not what I wanted but youve got to take it," said Walsh.

"The last throw I wasnt quite lining things up, but you know it is the Olympic Games theres a lot of pressures around and it was a hell of a comp out there today with the two Americans throwing really well.

"I fouled a really good throw which could have put me maybe a spot up but thats one of those things youve got to keep them in. I just tried a little bit too hard, Ive got to let it flow and I was just pushing the river," he added.

"Its pretty good to be the first New Zealand male to win an Olympic field event medal, hopefully we start a wave and have one or two up there at the next Olympics, but its great to know that Im the first and hopefully the first of many."

Always a perfectionist Walsh felt he was ready for better.

"I thought I was in better nick than what I actually threw today, but it is the Olympics and theres all these type of pressures and wasnt quite firing out there like I normally do," he said.

Crouser, the 2009 world youth champion, said that he soaked up the atmosphere of the night.

"Its amazing, the moment I walked out that tunnel just to see a stadium like this, in my first real big international competition so I knew kind of anything was possible tonight, it was a really special night.

"I took the lead early but with guys like Tom Walsh and Joe Kovacs in the field anythings possible with them theyre great unbelievable throwers, so I kept going after it and everything came together and a throw of a lifetime," said Crouser.

"Toms a great guy I met him a few months ago for the first time at the Prefontaine and we actually threw against each other when we realised that we knew each other at 16 years old at world youth championships."

In the earlier qualifying rounds Walsh threw 21.03m for second in group B behind Crousers 21.59m and New Zealands other competitor Jacko Gill was out to 20.80m and lead group A. In the final Gill finished ninth with 20.50m ahead of Australian Damien Birkinhead.

Gill was just thankful to be in Rio for the Olympics after suffering a stress fracture in his foot four weeks ago.

"Im really happy to be here its been a big journey and to get top ten is something Im really proud of and Im really grateful to have gone through this whole thing when I thought I couldnt have," said Gill.

"About four weeks ago I had a Jones fracture on the outside of my foot and I was pretty much told I wasnt able to compete here and to be here and represent my country is been such a big journey to get here and training has been just like so different Ive been in the gym six hours and not throwing at all.

"I got PBs in the gym and I performed pretty well to my standard its really good so Im happy and I really excited to watch Tom get the bronze medal," he added.

"The foot was pretty sore towards the end, and the three throws were pretty painful," said Gill.

Nick Willis employed his trade mark finishing kick to easily qualify for Saturdays final of the 1500m. Willis was in the first semi-final and needed to finish in the first five. He sat in fourth place on the pole over the first three laps. Down the back straight for the last time he got boxed in as the field bunched for the final assault down the home straight. Into the final 100m Willis went wide and accelerated down the outside to finish third in 3:39.96. Asbel Kiprop, three times world champion and 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medallist won in 3:39.73.

"Im tired," was Willis initial comment on how he felt coming off the track.

"I had a really good run most of the way but then 250m to go which is where I was wanting to make my move I did the opposite got in a box and was very lucky the last 50m to get through.

"But I am, I feel good see you in the final," said Willis before diving off to warm down.

18 August results: Jacko Gill shot put qualifying 20.80m (1gA), final 20.50m (9). Tom Walsh shot put qualifying 21.03m (2gB), final 21.36m (3). Nick Willis 1500m semi-final 3:39.96 (3s1).

19 August: Quentin Rew finished a creditable 12th in the 50km race walk with a time of 3:49:32. His personal best is 3:48:48 from tenth place in last years World Championships in Beijing.

The 32 year old from Wellington again went close to Craig Barretts 2001 New Zealand record of 3:48:04 and made a massive five minute improvement on his 30th placing at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Rew who will next race in China next month was generally pleased with his effort.

"Not a perfect race especially after the disappointment of last week I was happy to get through the race and not too far off my PB so overall it was a good race," he said.

"In the earlier 20km race I was disqualified at 14km for three infringements and today I didnt get any so I worked really hard on my technique in the last week, every session that Ive done thats been the focus and that paid dividends today," he added.

Rew said his goal going into the race was a better placing.

"I wanted a top eight, but it wasnt an ideal race, at 35km I dropped off a little bit, there was a group that pushed on from where I was and I wasnt able to go with them and I slowed to the finish, I didnt completely blow up so I was still able to pick up a place or two in the last few laps but I was hoping to finish a little bit higher," said Rew.

Beijing world champion and four time Olympian Matej Tth of Slovakia won the gold in 3:40:58.

Later Alana Barber finished 35th in the womens 20km race walk in 1:35:55. Barber holds New Zealand record of 1:32:50 which she set in Melbourne last December.

Barber (29) said it was a really tough race.

"I wanted to get a better placing but I dont know what else I could have done, I did my best. The last six ks I started to just go into zombie mode, and I was just one step in front of the other and if someone had directed me off the course I would have gone, and that was the way I was feeling," said Barber.

"I was feeling really good at 10k and I was picking up people, I was in 35th place at 10k started to pick up more people that were dropping off the second group to the front pack and I was feeling really good because of that and with 6k to go I started to lose it and then the people that I past in that part passed me and so I ended up finishing in 35th place. I wish I did do better but I dont know what else I could have done," she added.

Barbers preparation and training had been perfect leading into her first Olympic Games.

"I spent five weeks in St Moritz at altitude and that helped. Ive done altitude work before and Ive really benefited from it. Three weeks coming out of altitude I feel amazing, its easy to breath, I feel stronger. So I was training with the Australians and some of the Canadians and it was just a really great environment there and I really benefited from that. So I wanted to do a better time but I felt like my preparation was perfect I just need now to look at why didnt I get the time that I wanted and why didnt I get the place that I wanted and revaluate those kind of things."

Hong Liu of China, the world champion from Beijing last year won in 1:28:35.

Eliza McCartneys meteoric swift and spectacular rise in status in the pole vault reached new heights with a bronze medal at the Rio Olympic Games.

The personable 19 year old was calm and collected throughout the competition clearing her first attempt at 4.50m, 4.60m, 4.70m and 4.80m while the top vaulters on the world stage bowed out.

London Olympic Games gold medallist Jennifer Suhr of America failed at 4.70m and world champion in Beijing last year Yarisley Silva of Cuba also couldnt clear 4.70m.

McCartney was momentarily in gold medal position before Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece and Sandi Morris of USA were both over 4.80m on their second attempt. The bar was raised to 4.85m which McCartney failed her three attempts and Stefanidi and Morris both reached on their second attempts. The gold went to Stefanidi, the European champion and 2005 World Youth champion who had cleared earlier heights on her first attempt and the silver to Morris the American record holder and World Indoor Championships silver medallist. Australias and Oceania record holder at 4.81m Alana Boyd was fourth with 4.80m which she cleared on her second attempt. There were some anxious moments for McCartney as Boyd came in for her third attempt at 4.85m which if she had cleared would have snatched away the bronze medal.

Little did anyone realise that when McCartney won the New Zealand title in Dunedin in March in a New Zealand record of 4.80m that would be the height that would win her a bronze medal at an Olympics.

McCartney has risen up through the ranks from taking the bronze medal at the 2014 World Junior Championships, to silver medal at last years World University Games to a fifth place at this years World Indoor Championships in Portland Oregon.

McCartney was speechless coming off the field with the New Zealand flag draped around her shoulders.

"Oh my gosh I dont know what to say."

"Im so happy I cant even talk properly right now, I think I just jumped amazing I was so happy with how I jumped and I think thats what makes me so happy right now," said McCartney.

McCartney went into the event in a good frame of mind.

"I think I had nothing to lose and I had everything to gain and I was really enjoying it and I just wanted to go out there and jump the best I could and we got the pole selection right this time which is awesome.

"Once youre on a roll as well you really start getting into it," she said.

The twice New Zealand champion has had a 35m improvement in two years which she puts down to receiving expert coaching.

"I have to give almost all the credit to my coach Jeremy (McColl), hes just incredible he knows pole vault inside and out and hes the reason that Im here."

"Weve made quite a lot of breakthroughs, my techniques got a lot better in the last year and hopefully it will keep getting better," she added.

Having her family in Rio was also a contributing factor.

"My whole family is here, I can see them in the crowd and I can hear them and its so special, I couldnt have done it without them."

So its on to the Tokyo Olympic Games in four years time.

"That was always the goal so I cant wait.," said McCartney.

Meanwhile while the pole vault was in progress the final of the womens 5000m was being run where Nikki Hamblin finished 17th in 16:14.24. Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya won in 14:26.17.

19 August results: Quentin Rew 50km race walk final 3:49:32 (12). Alana Barber 20km race walk final 1:35:55 (35). Eliza McCartney pole vault final 4.80m (3). Nikki Hamblin 5000m final 16:14.24 (17).

20 August: Nick Willis added the bronze medal to the silver medal won eight years ago in Beijing when he stormed home to claim third in the 1500m in Rio.

In an extremely slow run race it came down to who was the best over the final 400m. Willis ran wide in third position throughout most of the race and in the sprint to the finish he just headed in Ayanleh Souleiman, Abdalaati Iguider and three time world champion Asbel Kiprop for the bronze medal in 3:50.24. Matthew Centrowitz won in 3:50.00, from defending champion Taoufik Makhloufi 3:50.11.

Willis, the oldest athlete at 33 to win a medal in an Olympic 1500m said it was a different feeling this time to Beijing in 2008.

"It really doesnt feel like that same amount of crazy joy that I had eight years ago its more just the satisfying that I proved to myself that I still had it in me," he said.

"Youre never quite sure especially when youre starting getting greys in your hair, but I guess I still do."

He focussed on his game this time compared to London in 2012 where he finished ninth.

"I stayed away from social media for a month I just really wanted to get away from all the distractions and focus on how do I perfect the art form of the 1500m.

"It got very slow 2:15 I think through the 800m and I really wasnt that confident in the warm up and the call room right before the start line I was like get your head in it, its the Olympic Games final do you really believe you can win and I thought I could sneak home for a bronze from the back but when the race slowed right down it gave me a chance to get myself in the game, I ran right at the front and it got my head back into it, like when I was at high school that competitive instinct.

Too often I get caught at the back and its really hard to start feeling the adrenaline so that paid off for me today."

Rather than running on the pole at the rear Willis positioned himself on the outside this time.

"My support team my wife, my coach of 73 years of age Ron Warhurst, my dad everyone was drilling into me youve got to go wide so you get a clean run and that was the plan but when I got to 450m to go the only guys in front of me were the favourites so I knew that they were guys that could hold it all the way to the home straight and then it would pan out and thankfully it did. I gambled by trusting in the ability of those guys but they brought me home."

Willis the 1500m bronze medallist at the World Indoor Championships in Oregon earlier this year said that he received inspiration from 1980 Moscow Olympic Games 800m gold medallist and bronze in the 1500m.

"The great Steve Ovett said to me two years ago, you think too much Willis, stop thinking just race you bugger. So I think that helped out."

Centrowitz said that he received inspiration from the great American runner Jim Ryun 1968 Mexica Olympic Games 1500m silver medallist.

"I got a text before my race from one of my idols Jim Ryun and thats something I read a few times before I raced," said Centrowitz.

An American last won an Olympic Games 1500m final in 1908.

"This is the greatest achievement in our sport something Id been working so hard for, for so long and I dont know if it will ever sink in, its just unbelievable right now," he added.

Centrowitzs father was a two time Olympian and which Matthew has recognised by having Like father like son tattooed in his chest.

The previous oldest to win an Olympic Games 1500m medal was Kip Keino with a silver in 1972 at the age of 32.

Willis became the first New Zealander to win two medals in the prestigious Olympic 1500 and won the countrys seventh medal over the distance, a high return with only 16 athletes having represented New Zealand over the distance.

Rio has been a rich hunting ground for the New Zealand Athletics team, returning with four medals from four athletes, the highest number of athletes to bring home athletics medals from any previous Olympiad and equalling the haul of four medals from Tokyo in 1964.

20 August results: Nick Willis 1500m final 3:50.24 (3).

AUSTRALIA

Athletics Australia Cross Country Championships, Stromlo Park Canberra - 20 August 2016

Men under 20 8km: Angus White 26:05 14, Christian Conder 26:19 19, Tom Moulai 26:28 21, Stefan Przychodzko 26:46 27, Goiteom Gebremedihin 26:54 30.

Men under 18 6km: Isaiah Priddey 19:20 7, Jacob Holmes 19:26 8, Kalani Sheridan 19:27 9, Mitchell Small 19:31 12, James Uhlenberg 19:53 23, Bradley Cullen 20:02 30, George Cory-Wright 21:13 53.

Women under 18 4km: Samantha Burke 14:31 6, Tessa Webb 14:39 12, Bridie Edwards 14:41 14, Ari Graham 14:45 16, Akeira Worthington 14:45 18, Lily Trotter 14:52 21, Tessa hunt 14:54 23, Amelia Persson 14:58 26, Imogen Skelton 15:20 40, Isabella Kelly 15:31 50, Georgia Clode 15:38 53.

Women under 16 4km: Hannah OConnor 14:12 5.

Para-Athlete Meeting, Gold Coast - 12 August 2016

Jacob Phillips T35 100m 14.06 (5), 200m 29.37 (1). William Stedman T36 100m 13.17 (4), 400m 57.55 (2), LJ 5.20m (0.0). Liam Malone T44 100m 11.48 (2), 400m 51.14 (1). Anna Grimaldi T47 200m 27.35 (2), LJ 5.25m (0.0). Sarah Walsh LJ 4.86m. Holly Robinson F46 JT 41.10m (5cm off WR). Rory McSweeney F44 JT 47.81m.

AUCKLAND

Athletics Auckland Road Championships, Bruce Pulman Park Takanini - 21 August 2016

National cross country champion Jono Jackson retained his Auckland road title in a time of 31:22 for the 10km. Michael Voss of Rotorua was second in 31:27 with William Harris third in 31:48. Esther Keown also successfully defended her senior womens title in 36:29. Charlotte Gordon was second in 39:41 with triathlete Teresa Adam third in 40:27. Andrew Moorman won the under 20 8km in 27:07, the under 20 women 5km to Grace Wood in 18:16, Theo Quax under 18 6km in 20:18, Alyssa Bullot under 18 women 5km in 18:28. Sasha Daniels just pipped Brad Luiten by one second to win the masters 10km outright in 33:28. Kristine Read led in the master womens 5km in 18:49.

Jonathan Lord won the 10km race walk in 53:09 and Karen Davison won the womens 10km race walk in 1:12:08.

Throws Winter Series Number 4, AUT Millennium Stadium North Shore - 20 August 2016

Anthony Nobilo 1.5kg DT 38.88m, 5kg HT 62.27m, 7.26kg HT 44.99m PB. Nick Hailes 1.5kg DT 39.93m, 5kg HT 58.48m PB, 6kg HT 51.85m PB. Mellata Tatola 3kg SP 14.05m, 1kg DT 37.02m, 3kg HT 50.37m. Ella Pilkington 4kg HT 49.02m.

HAMILTON

Athletics Waikato Bay of Plenty Road Championships, Tamahere - 20 August 2016

Craig Kirkwood won the senior 10km in 32:37 from Kyle Macdonald 33:13, Jai Davies Campbell 33:25 and Iain Macdonald 34:39. Sally Gibbs won the senior womens 10km in 36:46 from Nancy Jiang 37:29 and Olivia Ritchie 37:37. Jason Cameron 40-44 won the masters 10km in 34:53 from Chris Myland 45-49 34:59. Brad Dixon 40-44 was third overall in 35:20. Bridget Deverell 45-49 won the master womens 5km in 19:28. The under 20 womens 5km went to Emerson Deverell in 18:08. William Sinclair won the M18 5km in 16:28. The W18 5km went to Grace Ritchie in 18:48. Charli Miller captured the G14 2.5km in 8:22.

HASTINGS

Athletics Hawkes Bay Gisborne Road Championships - 20 August 2016

Eric Speakman back from his European track campaign won the senior 10km in 32:27 beating Lucas Duross by two seconds. Matthew Taylor was third in 33:42. Steve Morrow was the best of the masters in 34:22. Bradley Christison won the M19 8km in 26:54. National cross country champion Laura Nagel won the senior womens 10km title in 35:04, five minutes ahead of Dulia Daly with Kate OMalley third in 41:37. Briana Irving won the G14 3km in 10:31 and the G16 5km went to Emily Dunn in 19:05.

MASTERTON

Winter Series 3 - 21 August 2016

Zac Topping 100m 10.89 (-0.3). Jonty Morison 400m 52.41. Josh Nairne 1000m 2:38.44 PB.

WELLINGTON

Athletics Wellington Road Championships, Wainuiomata - 20 August 2016

Hirotaka Tanimoto won the senior men 10km in 31:58 from Rowan Hooper 32:06 and Tim Hodge 32:21. Stephen Day MM 10km 32:43 from Daniel Clendon 33:02 and Andrew Wharton 34:06. Peter Stevens M50 34:54 and Tony Price M60 37:08. Harry Burnard U20 7.5km 24:45. Max Karamanolis U18 5km 15:59. Finn Seeds U15 2.5km 7:49. Sarah Gardner SW 10km in 38:35 from Amanda Broughton 39:08. Kelsey Forman U20 5km 18:45. Jayme Maxwell U18 5km 18:35. Esther Kozyniak G15 2.5km 8:39.

CHRISTCHURCH

Athletics Canterbury Road Championships, Bottle Lake Forest - 20 August 2016

Oska Inkster-Baynes won the senior men 10km in 30:59 from Ben Musson 32:38 and Ieuan van der Peet 32:44. Angela Whyte won the senior women in 40:15. The under 20 women 5km to Natalie Dryden 19:21 and the under 20 8km to Sean Eustace 26:08 from Cameron Bartlett 26:25 and Lathan Fairhall 26:52. Nick Moulai won the U18 6km in 19:13 from Christopher Dryden 19:52. Chris Mardon M45 10km 33:48 and Richard Bennett M50 10km 34:58. Liliana Braun U18 5km in 18:25 and Natasha Mitchell W35 5km in 20:06. Roseanne Robinson 10km race walk in 53:00.

DUNEDIN

Athletics Otago Road Championships, St Kilda - 20 August 2016

Samuel Bremer won the senior 10km in 33:34 from Sam Hopper 34:32 and Jonah Smith 34:46. Katrina Andrew won the womens 10km in 38:26 from Sabrina Grogan 39:22. Oliver Chignell the U20 8km in 27:08, Matthew Ogle the U18 6km in 20:58. Michael Wakelin headed in the masters in 35:20 from Tim Bolter 35:40. Julie Wilson was the best of the master women 5km in 20:50.

ROAD AND TRAIL RACES AROUND THE COUNTRY

Auckland

Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 17 August: Jan Steenkamp 17:22.

Barry Curtis Parkrun 5km, 20 August: Grant Lincoln 18:57.

Cornwall Park, Parkrun 5km, 20 August: Daniel Smith 17:38, Will Laery 18:10, Martin Searle 18:27.

Millwater Parkrun 5km, 20 August: Max Rickards 18:22, Joe Jackson 18:43.

Hamilton

Lake Parkrun 5km, 20 August: Isaac Dunn 17:59, Sam Le Heron 18:28.

Napier

Anderson Parkrun 5km, 20 August: Robert Strong 18:44.

Wellington

Lower Hutt Parkrun 5km, 20 August: Alastair Willis 17:34, Andrew Crosland 17:47, Simon Maister 18:09.

Kapiti Parkrun 5km, 20 August: Tom Bland 18:36.

Blenheim

Parkrun 5km, 20 August: Robbie Barnes 18:42.

Christchurch

Hagley Parkrun 5km, 20 August: Jayden Anker 17:45, Neil Christian 18:15.

Pegasus Parkrun 5km, 20 August: Hamish Hargest 18:11, Dave Collie 18:22.

Dunedin

Botanic Garden Parkrun 5km, 20 August: Grant Guise 18:31, Matthew Moloney 18:32.

- This story has been automatically published using a media release from Athletics New Zealand

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