Valerie Adams and Liz Lamb came up with winning performances at the Sydney Track Classic late on Saturday.
Adams, having competed in Christchurch and Hamilton over recent weeks with distances of 20.35 and 20.19 metres respectively , will use the Sydney meeting as part of her preparations for the World Indoor championships in Istanbul on 9 11 March. Adams won with ease and had a best throw in the shot put of 20.67 metres, a big improvement on her 20.35 metres and 20.19 metres at the International Track Meet and Porritt Classic in recent weeks. The throw represents Adams' seventh best distance of her career. The Sydney meeting is Adams' last competition before the World Indoors.
High Jumper Elizabeth Lamb (right) is out to confirm her outstanding form from the weekends Porritt Classic where she added 4 centimetres to her previous best in clearing 1.90, setting an Auckland record in the process. If she can replicate that sort of jump, the Australians will struggle to beat her. Just ahead of her lie two very significant marks, the New Zealand record of 1.92m and the Olympic standard of 1.95m. Lamb continued her good form in the high jump, winning the competition on countback from Australian Ashleigh Reid, both athletes clearing 1.85 metres.
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Andrea Miller finished third in the 100 metres hurdles, beaten by world and Commonwealth champion Sally Pearson from Australia and Nia Ali from USA. Miller's time of 13.46 seconds was a season's best behind Pearson's 12.66s meet record.
Eleven New Zealand athletes competed in the Australian Athletics Tour Sydney Track Classic.