Maia Ramsden named in Paris Olympic team

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Maia Ramsden realises Olympic Dream

Athletics’ Wellington recently awarded Women’s athlete of the year Maia Ramsden will join  fellow men’s winner James Preston  in the New Zealand Olympic team of 17 track & field athletes in Paris. 

She was named today as the final addition  in the team after maintaining her World athletics ranking with stellar performances during her American season where she maintained her 1500m NCAA title then later broke the New Zealand record for 1500m at Westwood track LA  in May with tiem 4.02.58. At 22 years old she will be able build on her debut Black singlet appearance for NZL  back in March at the  Glasgow World Indoors  championships where she finished a credible 10th place. 

“Maia has had an inspirational year, confirming her potential and ability to race well when it really matters. It’s fantastic to have her joining the team in Paris,” said Scott Newman, Athletics NZ high performance director.

Ramsden, whose family is based in Wellington is  a 22-year-old Harvard University graduate student, who has had a phenomenal last few seasons  winning NCAA mile and 1500m gold, and setting a new 1500m national record of 4:02.58 in Los Angeles in May.