Athletics NZ confirms final group for Glasgow

Last updated 14:39 04/06/2014
Nikki Hamblin
BACK IN BLACK: Middle-distance specialist Nikki Hamblin has recovered from injury and is among the last group of names added to Athletics NZ's 20-strong squad for next month's Commonwealth Games.

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Middle-distance runner Nikki Hamblin headlines the last group of names to be added to Athletics New Zealand's 20-strong squad for next month's Commonwealth Games.

The athletes named for individual events include, Hamblin and Julian Matthews (1500m) and Lucy Van Dalen (5000m).

Hamblin won silver medals in the 800 and 1500m at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and holds the New Zealand 1500 record at 4:04.82, as well as the second fastest time for 800 at 1:59.66.

The-26 year-old has represented New Zealand at two World Championships, at Berlin in 2009 and Daegu, Korea in 2011, in both the 800 and 1500, as well as representing Oceania at the 2010 Continental Cup in Split.

Injury prevented Hamblin from competing at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2013 Moscow world championships, but she is running well again, with a 4:07.07 time in Los Angeles recently.

Matthews (25) first represented New Zealand at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in 2005, winning gold in the 1500. He spent a number of years in the US University system at Providence College in Rhode Island.

Since returning to New Zealand, the Nelson-based athlete won the New Zealand 1500m title in 2012 and placed second this year.

Van Dalen competed at the London Olympics, making it through to the semifinals in the 1500 at her fist major championship. She recently competed at the world indoor championships in Poland in the 3000m.

She ran 15:22.95 for the 5000m in early May at the Payton Jordan meet in California, just 1.87 outside her best, set in 2013. She is the fourth fastest New Zealander over 5000 and the second fastest over 1500.

The women's 4x400 relay team, given the green light at the early May selection announcement, has five athletes named by the selectors.

They are Zoe Ballantyne, Portia Bing, Katherine Camp, Brooke Cull and Louise Jones.

Monique Dell will be confirmed in the relay squad subject to form and fitness requirements being met. Kristie Baillie and Ellie McCleery will be reserve.

The New Zealand athletics team has the potential to grow to 23 if Dell and decathletes Brent Newdick and Scott McLaren prove their fitness and form.

New Zealand athletics squad for Commonwealth Games: V alerie Adams (Shot Put), Zoe Ballantyne (4 x 400 relay), Portia Bing (4 x 400 relay), Katherine Camp (4 x 400 relay), Sarah Cowley (High Jump), Brooke Cull (4 x 400 relay), Stuart Farquhar (Javelin), Jacko Gill (Shot Put), Siositina Hakeai (Discus), Nikki Hamblin(1500), Louise Jones (4 x 400 relay), Julian Matthews (1500), Julia Ratcliffe (Hammer), Jake Robertson (5,000), Zane Robertson  (5,000), Angie Smit (800), Kimberley Smith (Marathon), Lucy Van Dalen (5,000), Tom Walsh (Shot Put), Nick Willis (1500)
*Confirmtion subject to proof of fitness and form: Scott McLaren (Decathlon), Brent Newdick (Decathlon), Monique Dell (4 x 400 relay).

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