Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Upcoming World Championships

The next big thing on the athletics calendar is the World Championships, which are being held in Daegu, South Korea at the end of August.
 

At this stage NZ has named a relatively small team: Valerie Adams (Shot), Nikki Hamblin (800,1500), Stuart Farquhar (Javelin), Andrea Miller (100m hurdles) and Brent Newdick (Decathlon). Qualification is still open and there are lots of kiwis competing around the world so hopefully a few more qualify to make the World Champs team.

I'm gutted to not be competing there...I haven't competed at a World Champs since 2003 when I ran the 400m hurdles in Paris. I seem to always be injured in World Championship years (held every second year), however if I had to choose I would rather be fit for an Olympics than World Champs, so I will sit back and watch the coverage on SkyTV and use it to fuel the fire at training!

Training inspiration has also been coming from NZ athletes going nuts in Europe recently - at the World Youth (U18) Champs in France NZ picked up two medals, Jacko Gill won gold in the shot put, demolishing the rest of the field by 4m, and Joshua Hawkins won silver in the 110m hurdles. At a meeting in Paris Val Adams won the shot beating arch rival Ostapchuk of Belarus, and Nick Willis was 4th in the 1500m posting a qualifying time for World Champs, which should see him named in the final team.

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