Hammer thrower Julia Ratcliffe units Porritt Traditional meet alight with nationwide report


Julia Ratcliffe was in sizzling form at the Porritt Classic with a national record in the hammer throw.

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Julia Ratcliffe was in scorching type on the Porritt Traditional with a nationwide report within the hammer throw.

Dame Valerie Adams made one other stride down the comeback path, nevertheless it was her nationwide hammer throw team-mate Julia Ratcliffe who grabbed the headlines on the Porritt Traditional athletics meet in Hamilton on Saturday.

Ratcliffe, who hails from the Waikato, produced a shocking collection of throws within the hammer to twice break her personal New Zealand report of 71.39 metres and are available inside 15cm of the automated qualifying mark for the Tokyo Olympics.

The 26-year-old opened with a shocking 71.69m and closed a wonderful collection, with 5 of her six makes an attempt crusing previous the 70m mark, with a sensational 72.35m to enhance her PB, and nationwide report, by slightly below a metre (96cm).

It was additionally an all-comers and Oceania report for Ratcliffe as she hauled in helpful rankings factors beneath the brand new IAAF system. South Canterbury’s Lauren Bruce was second with 67.44m and Aussie Alexandra Hulley third with 67.15.

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Adams would have been content material along with her successful throw of a season-best 18.81m within the girls’s shot put, bettering on her Olympic qualifying throw of 18.65m set on the Potts Traditional a couple of weeks again.

The 35-year-old double Olympic champion, working again to her aggressive greatest after the start of her second little one, had a gentle collection of 17.97m, 17.90, 18.44, 18.21, 18.81 and 18.02.

That 19-metre mark will likely be her subsequent goal as she continues by means of the New Zealand season on the Sir Graeme Douglas worldwide meet in Auckland subsequent Sunday.

Dame Valerie Adams produced a season's best of 18.81m to win the Porritt Classic shot put.

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Dame Valerie Adams produced a season’s better of 18.81m to win the Porritt Traditional shot put.

Former world champion Tom Walsh would even have been blissful sufficient along with his successful toss of 21.35m within the males’s shot put as he too works again to type off a heavy block of coaching.

The Cantab had three throws over 21 metres for the competitors and completed along with his greatest mark of the night time after setting the usual early with 21.27m within the second spherical. He threw 21.10m to win on the Potts.

Walsh’s coaching accomplice Ryan Ballantyne completed second with the perfect throw of his younger profession, a PB (by 40cm) of 19.64m.

Two-time Olympic medallist Nick Willis confirmed his class within the males’s 1500m by kicking away from the sphere within the closing lap to romp residence in 3min 46.71sec as he makes an attempt to safe his Tokyo qualification by competing in a quartet of occasions over the Kiwi summer season.

He completed nicely away from Napier’s Eric Speakman who grabbed second in three:49.24.

The ladies’s 1500m produced one other thrilling duel between New Zealand’s two greatest middle-distance athletes, with Katherine Camp (four:15.09) ending comfortably away from fellow Cantab Angie Petty (four:16.20).

Younger sprinting sensation Edward Osei-Nketia additionally had a very good meet, doing the double within the 100m (10.81s) and 200m (21.86) after which anchoring his 4×100 relay group to victory on the end.