Thomson retains title to repeat unique family achievement at New Zealand Championships
On the final day of the four day meeting Anna Thomson completed for the 2nd year in a row a family double with her brother Scott competing under the Auckland colours as both again winning the National Senior triple titles for men and women. Cody Wilson was looking to retain his 200m senior title but had to settle for third behind Eddie Osei Nketia who took the 100m /200m double. Wilson’s third in the 200m was just behind Jordan Bollard [AKL] who reversed their 2nd and 3rd placings from the 100m final where Wilson was runner up to Osei-Nketia in 10.51 (w 2.8) sec inside his legal best 10.60. Other Senior medallist were Josh Ledger in the 400m and Saravee Sos bronze in 400m Hurdles. Nathaniel Sulupo was 4th in Men’s Shot and Discus, while Will Anthony running up a grade in the strong Senior 5000m placed 4th just outside his personal best.
Strong Para athletes performances were achieved by Corran Hanning and Joshua Taylor . Taylor won both the Para Mens 400m with a 74.43% effort against World Para ranking points, and Long Jump with a 56.15% performances . Corran Hanning won a double with 1st in Para Shot Put with a 67.9%, performance and a Discus effort with 66.84% performance.
Stand out performances on day one and two for Juniors were lead by Elizabeth Hewitt W20 winning the Hammer with 52.73m ahead of team mate Ana Dunlop-Brown then placing runner -up in Shot and Discus. Max Abbot won gold in the M20 Discus with 48.75m, silver in the M20 Hammer 51.38m,and was 4th in M20 Shot with 13.62m. In the W18 grade Hammer winner was Mikayla Sola, 1st 47.41m ahead of team mate Mia Bartlett 2nd in 43.48m. Bartlett took the Javelin title with a throw of 37.08m. On the track Ben Lambert was 2nd in the 100m and 6th in 200m, while Oliver Krijnen took silver in the M20 100m and bronze in the M20 200m in times of 10.77 and 21.24.
Other Wellington or former Wellington athletes competing achieving notable performances were in the Men’s 800m James Preston, of Wellington Scottish Athletics club winning in 1.47.00. Notable former Wellington athletes competing for other Centres with performance of excellence were Men’s Triple Jump winner Scott Thomson 1st 14.32m (1.2), Women’s High Jump winner Keeley O’Hagan 1st 1.88m, and the younger Imogen Skelton 2nd 1.86m, with both Keeley and Imogen setting personal bests.
A full Summary of Wellington RESULTS here AW Team Summary for National T&F Championships