Marathon Runner Joins Team

Monday 5 May 2014

One individual athlete and a relay team have been named by the New Zealand Olympic Committee in the second athletics announcement for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, in addition to the eleven athletes named previously.

The athlete named is distance runner Kimberley Smith, who will contest the marathon at her first Commonwealth Games after competing at three Olympic Games in Athens, Beijing and London.

The Providence based 32 year old athlete holds every New Zealand record from 3000m to the marathon and finished 15th in the London 2012 Olympic Marathon in 2:26:59.

Also selected is the Womens 4x400 team. The team ran the qualifying time at a special attempt in Hamilton over Easter.

It is the first athletics relay team selected for a major championship since the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006.

The individual athletes in the relay squad will be announced at a later date.

Decathletes Brent Newdick and Scott McLaren will be confirmed in the team subject to proof of fitness and form being received by 30 June from Athletics New Zealand.

More About Kimberley Smith

Event Marathon

Date of Birth 19 November 1981 (32)

PB - 2:25.21 (NZ Record)

Residence   Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Club - Counties Manukau

Coach Ray Treacy

Marathon 15th Olympic Games 2012 2:26:59

Half Marathon 7th World Championships 2009

10,000 8th at World Championships 2009

10,000 Olympic finalist 2008

10,000 5th World Championships 2007

3000 6th World Indoor Championships 2008

NZ record holder 3000, 5000, 10,000, half marathon, marathon

About the Womens 4 x 400m Relay Team

Event 4 x 400m Relay

PB 3:35.60

Coach Chris Williams

A squad of six athletes will be named at a later date

Contact Ashley Abbott

Communications Manager

New Zealand Olympic Committee

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