Hamblin All Systems Go

25 March 2012

Nikki Hamblin’s smile wasn’t one of a woman who had sealed Olympic selection – yet. It was more a show of relief that, after several months struggling with injury, she was at last back on track and giving herself a chance for higher honours. The two-time Commonwealth Games silver medalist returned to action at the NZ Track & Field Championships at Waitakere, kicking away on the final bend to capture a third straight 1500m title. Her 4m 19.63s was still 12 seconds shy of the Olympic qualifying standard, but that certainly wasn’t the point on this occasion.

Racewalker set to join Olympic Team

25 March 2012

Four athletes have been named today by the New Zealand Olympic Committee as part of an initial athletics team to represent New Zealand at the London Olympic Games. Valerie Adams (shotput), Nick Willis (1500m), Kimberly Smith (marathon) and Stuart Farquhar (javelin) are all in strong contention to contribute to New Zealand’s 100th Olympic medal at London 2012.

NZ Swimming Championships – Day 1 Heats

25 March 2012

North Shore swimmer Glenn Snyders was the first under the Olympic Games qualifying time on the opening morning of heats at the State New Zealand Swimming Championships today. Snyders clocked 1:00.56 to top the heats in the 100m breaststroke, to be 2/10ths of second inside the qualifying mark for London. The 24 year old was pleased with the morning swim but plans to faster again in tonight’s final at the West Wave Aquatic Centre in Henderson.

Back running

25 March 2012

It's almost 100 days to go until the Olympics and I am back running after suffering a stress fracture in my fibula in early February. Luckily we were onto it quickly and I have healed pretty fast!

Ingram “patiently waiting” for London Olympics

25 March 2012

Swimming’s senior pro Melissa Ingram knows that patience is a virtue. The 26 year old will have to wait for the penultimate individual race on the final night of the six-day New Zealand Championships for her signature event, the 200m backstroke. A long and exhausting build-up has her buoyed with confidence for the championships starting tomorrow at the West Wave Aquatic Centre in Henderson that double as the Olympic Trials.

Willis Eyes Olympic Double

25 March 2012

Beijing Olympic silver medalist Nick Willis stepped into relatively unfamiliar territory to capture his second 5000m title at the NZ Track& Field Championships at Waitakere. Running his final race before returning to the United States this week, the 1500m specialist turned out over the longer distance, partly to break up his heavy training load and partly to test the waters for a possible double at the London Olympics later this year.

Gill Nudges National Record

25 March 2012

So close, but no but no cigar this time for teenage shot putter Jacko Gill, as he fell short of national and world junior records at the NZ Track & Field Championships at Waitakere. Highlighting a very consistent series of throws, his 22.30m with the 6kg shot was a solitary centimeter shy of his own national best and down on the global standard of 22.73m, held by reigning senior world champion David Stohl of Germany. Whenever Gill (17) performs, there’s an expectation he’ll threaten some kind of record and that hope was heightened when he eased a warm-up toss well past the NZ mark.

Just Another Day At The Office

25 March 2012

As a decathlete, Olympic prospect Brent Newdick is used to competing against himself. But three gold medals in quick succession on Day Two of the NZ Track & Field Championships at Waitakere showed he’s more than capable of going head-to-head with the very best the country has to offer in his best individual events. After easily retaining his 110m hurdles crown, Newdick (26) had to share honours after a lengthy jump-off with junior Nicholas Southgate in the pole vault and snuck through to claim the long jump title by one centimetre (7.17m) in terrible conditions on his final attempt.

126 days to go

23 March 2012

A lot has been happening in the last month with the completion the last of the London workshops in Wellington on the 7th March.

Oly Whites one win away from London

23 March 2012

The New Zealand U-23 football team will play Fiji for a place at the London Olympics after edging Vanuatu 3-2 in Friday’s semi-final of the OFC Men’s Olympic Qualifiers in Taupo. If New Zealand had any nerves heading into the semi, it didn’t show as they found the net twice inside the first ten minutes on their way to a 3-0 halftime lead although there were some anxious moments late in the game as Vanuatu closed to within a goal in injury time as New Zealand took their foot off the throat.

Cowley Happy With Gold

23 March 2012

It may not have been pretty, but Olympic heptathlon prospect Sarah Cowley did achieve her primary objective – a successful defence of her women’s long jump crown at the NZ Track & Field Championships at Waitakere today. Jumping into a changeable wind, her distance of 5.74m was well down on her winning performance 12 months ago (6.08m) and her recent wind-assisted personal best (6.28m).

Canoe Sprint World Cups Selections

23 March 2012

Canoe Racing NZ has today announced the team to attend the World Cups and named a 2012 Olympic Squad. There are no selection surprises in the World Cups team, which is headed up by World Champion Lisa Carrington and includes all of the athletes who have qualified the seats for the 2012 Olympic Games.

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