New Zealand Swim Championships – Day 1 Wrap

26 March 2012

A blink proved the difference in the agony and ecstasy that was the opening night of finals at the State New Zealand Swimming Championships in Auckland tonight, which doubles as the Olympic Trials. Twenty-two year old Southlander Natalie Wiegersma finished just 1/100th of a second inside the qualifying time for the London Olympics in the women’s 400m individual medley in 4:41.74 at the West Wave Aquatic Centre in Henderson.

Draper celebrates achieving London goal

26 March 2012

Oly Whites striker Greg Draper has described his winning goal in the final of the OFC Men’s Olympic qualifier as the highlight of his career. The 23 year old has been lighting up the Wales Premier League with 23 goals for The New Saints in all competitions, has represented New Zealand at the Beijing Olympics, an U-20 World Cup and an World Cup qualifier but says the coolly taken 17th minute penalty – his third goal of the tournament – to give New Zealand a 1-0 win over Fiji holds sway over other bright moments.

London calling Oly Whites

26 March 2012

New Zealand’s U-23 football team have qualified for the London Olympics after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Fiji side in a tense final of the OFC Men’s Olympic qualifiers in Taupo today. Greg Draper’s 17th minute penalty proved the difference for the Oly Whites who matched Fiji’s physicality and had to dig deep to see off a second half Fijian fightback.

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.