Published Saturday 11 August 2012

The 50km Race Walk featuring Quentin Rew starts at 8.00pm today (NZ time).
Rew became New Zealand’s most gymnastic race walker after he capped of his first national championship win in 2009 with a forward roll over the finish line. He was later disqualified but this did not stop the ex-runner turned walker.
Over the past 4 years he has taken more than an hour off his 50km walk personal best culminating with an Olympic qualifying and personal best time of 3h 58m 48s when he finished 9th at the IAAF Walking Challenge in Dundince, Slovakia in March this year. Quentin sits at 3rd on the New Zealand all time list going into his first Olympics.
Stuart Farquhar starts in the final of the Javelin competition at 6.20am Sunday morning (NZ time).
The Hamilton Javelin thrower goes into the final with the 6th best throw in the qualifying rounds and with the third longest throw in the world for 2012.
The competition is very open with the gold and bronze medallists as well as 5th, 6th and 7th place getters from last year’s World Champs in Daegu Korea, all stumbling in the qualifying round yesterday and missing from the final.
Farquhar qualified for his third Olympics after winning the Oda Hiroshima International Meeting in Japan with a world leading and new personal best throw of 86.31m.