Tuesday, January 25, 2011

33rd in World 2010

I finished the 2010 year ranked 33rd in the world in the heptathlon with my 5988 points competition from Canterbury Champs in January 2010. See below for the information from Athletics NZ:

"Eight New Zealand athletes feature in the top fifty in the Athletics world rankings for 2010. The ATFS rankings just released have three New Zealand men and five women in the world top fifty in their events.

Shot Putter Valerie Adams is the highest ranked at second, while Javelin thrower Stuart Farquhar comes in at ninth.

Distance runner Kimberley Smith features in two events, the marathon and half marathon, with dual Commonwealth Games medallist, Nikki Hamblin also featuring in two events, the 800 metres and 1500 metres.

Two other Commonwealth medallists Brent Newdick (Decathlon) and Nick Willis (1500m) make the lists in their respective events.

Recently retired former World Champion Beatrice Faumuina comes in at 23rd in the discus in her final year on the world stage.

The unluckiest is Rebecca Wardell who was in medal contention in Delhi in the heptathlon when she suffered a serious foot injury. She makes the heptathlon list at number 33.

The result in an improvement from 2009 when there were only three ranked in the top thirty and a total of six in the top fifty.

The result for 2010 is the best since 2006 when there were a total of nine New Zealanders ranked in the top fifty.

With the exception o Faumuina and Wardell who is still recovering from her injury, all the athletes are competing in New Zealand this season, with most taking part in the Asics Grand Prix Series starting this Saturday (22 Junauary) with the Sylvia Potts Classic in Hastings, followed by the Cooks and Capital Classics on 25 January and 28 January."

ATFS World Rankings 2010
2nd Valerie Adams Shot Put 20.86m
11th Kimberley Smith Half Marathon 1h 7m 55s
23rd Beatrice Faumuina Discus Throw 61.11
26th Kimberley Smith Marathon 2h 25m 21s
28th Nikki Hamblin 800m 1m 59.66s
33rd Rebecca Wardell Heptathlon 5988pts
36th Nikki Hamblin 1500m 4m 5.93s
9th Stuart Farquhar Javelin Throw 85.35m
18th Brent Newdick Decathlon 8091pts
40th Nick Willis 1500m 3m 35.17s

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sneaky tips from a guru

I was in the gym this morning and in walked Steffi Nerius, German javelin thrower and 2009 World Champion, 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist and Bronze Medalist at the 2003, 2005 and 2007 World Champs, so needless to say knows a little bit about javelin!

So I decided to practice my German and ask her if she had a spare few minutes to show me some tips about javelin. She agreed and have just come back from the gym with some new ideas that will hopefully help me throw the spear a little further!

She is here as a coach for the German IPC team. Its awesome in the gym at the moment, heaps of amazing athletes doing all kinds of interesting stuff. The world no.2 in the discus is also floating around as part of the Croatian team.

QE2 is where its at for athletics at the mo!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Back into training

I started back into training on Monday at the gym with Angus Ross who is doing my strength and conditioning for the next few months.

I am so sore today that I can hardly sit down!! But is great to get the body moving again after 3 months laying around not doing much since Delhi. I'm doing as much strength stuff as my foot will allow as well as walking through some of the technical aspects of the events.

As well as getting back into training I am going to be working at the IPC World Athletics Champs which are being held in Christchurch at the end of the month. There are about 10 kiwi athletes, including Beijing silver medalist Kate Horan and Commonwealth Games silver medalist Jess Hamill, competing against the best in the world, come on down and cheer them on, its on from 21-30th January at QE2: http://www.ipcathleticsworldchamps.com/

I am also helping to organise the International Track Meet which is being held in Christchurch at QE2 on the evening of 26th February with athletes like Val Adams, Nikki Hamblin and Nick Willis all competing with a host of athletes from NZ and overseas so if you are in Christchurch that weekend come down to QE2 and watch: www.internationaltrackmeet.co.nz