Kim Smith off to first Commonwealth Games

Last updated 17:51 05/05/2014
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TOP KIWI RUNNER: US-based Kim Smith.

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Marathon runner Kim Smith will contest her first Commonwealth Games in July after being added to the New Zealand track and field team today.

US-based Smith, 32, and a women's 4x400m relay squad were added to the initial Games team of 11 that was announced last month.

Smith ran 15th in the women's marathon at the 2012 London Olympics in a time of 2hr 26min 59sec, and has a personal best of 2hr 25min 21sec, a New Zealand record. She also lined up at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, but Glasgow will be her first Commonwealth Games.

The women's relay team beat the qualifying time of 3min 36.50sec at a special time trial in Hamilton last month.

Under Waikato track coach Chris Williams, the team of Aucklanders Zoe Ballantyne, Brooke Cull and Louise Jones, along with Waikato-Bay of Plenty sprinter Kristie Baillie, smashed the national record with a time of 3min 35.60sec.

Monique Williams and Ellie McCleery are likely to make up the six-woman squad, although the individual names are yet to be confirmed.

It is the first athletics relay team selected for a major championship since the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006.

The NZOC selectors also announced that decathletes Brent Newdick and Scott McLaren would be confirmed in the team subject to proof of fitness and form being received by June 30 from Athletics New Zealand.

Further selections will be published in early June.

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