Petty smashes record as Kiwis impress in Tokyo


Angie Petty was one of several athletes to impress at the Juntendo Track Meet in Tokyo on Saturday, competing against athletes from the USA, Australian and Japanese World Championship teams.

Petty won her 1000m race in 2:37.28, smashing the 36 year old New Zealand 1000m record previously held by Alison Wright by 1.26s. While the 1000m distance is not often run, the Wright’s record had stood the test of time and the performance ranks Petty sixth in the world for the distance in 2015.

Petty, winner of the world University Games 800m last month said she has been training and racing well and is looking forward to getting to Beijing ahead of the 2015 World Championships.

Petty's coach Maria Hassan was pleased with her charges gutsy run, having to run the last 600m of the race on her own, suggesting that if she had closer opposition in the race, the time could have been even faster.

Kiwi shot put star Tom Walsh was content with his impressive 21.30m winning distance in his competition, well clear of the opposition. It was his third longest competition effort and followed his recent 21.50m in Germany, a new NZ record.

Just a week out from the start of the World Championships in Beijing, Walsh has plenty to feel good about. The Timaru athlete is excited about the upcoming championships and ready to take on the best in the world.

Stuart Farquhar threw the Javelin out to a satisfying 82.40m and also had a back-up 82.37 to his credit. Throwing in warm, humid conditions with a gentle tail breeze, the 33 year-old was out to his second best distance of the year.

Farquhar was happy with his winning performance, saying that training had been going very well in Hamilton and that he was looking forward to competing in his fifth World Championships in Beijing.

Michael Cochrane and Cameron French had a great battle over 400m hurdles with French leading early in the one-lap race and the athletes clearing the eighth hurdle together before Cochrane's race fitness prevailed over the last 100m.

Cochrane was timed at 49.79, his third fastest ever time with his Waikato BOP teammate a shade behind in 49.92, also his third fastest ever, equalling the time he ran last month at the World University Games.

The two athletes share the national record at 49.72.

Te Rina Keenan and Siositina Hakeai also fought out a close battle, well ahead of the opposition, with Keenan getting the nod over her training partner , throwing over 58 metres, with Hakeai just under 58 metres.

Rosa Flanagan ran the 800m and then the 1000m in virtual training runs, satisfying Hassan, who indicated that the Canterbury athlete is on target for a good performance at the championships.

Portia Bing had two solid performances, preparing for the seven-event Heptathlon in China, running 24.05 for 200m into a 2.1 m/s headwind and later long jumping 6.09, not far off her best.

With entries having closed, the IAAF have announced that the championships will be the biggest ever with 207 countries and 1,936 athletes expected in Beijing. New Zealand will be represented by a team of 15 in Beijingthe biggest team since 1997 in Athens.

The world championships start on 22 August in the Chinese capital and continue until 30 August.


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