Adams heads list of Kiwis for Continental Cup

Last updated 15:04 25/08/2014
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EXCELLENT EIGHT: Tom Walsh is one of eight New Zealanders who will compete in next month's IAAF Continental Cup in Morocco.

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Shot putter Valerie Adams and Tom Walsh will lead a team of eight New Zealanders to compete in next month's IAAF Continental Cup in Morocco. 

Adams and Walsh will be joined by fellow Commonwealth Games medallists Nick Willis and Zane Robertson in the Marrakech meet as well as Glasgow team-mates Angie Smit, Sarah Cowley and Louise Jones. 

Michael Cochrane, who missed selection to the Commonwealth Games, will compete in the 400m hurdles. 

The Kiwis will compete for the Asia/Pacific team, against Europe, the Americas and Africa.

Each team is represented by two athletes across a full programme of events. New Zealand No 2 shot putter Jacko Gill was not considered as the two athletes from each team must come from different countries.

Games hammer throwing silver medallist Julia Ratcliffe was not available due to study commitments in the United States while Nikki Hamblin was invited, but has finished her season to commence her build-up for the 2015 season.

Places in the Asia/Pacific team were based on world rankings as of August 2.

The first edition of the Continental Cup in its current format was in 2012 in Split, Croatia. 

New Zealand members of the Asia/Pacific team: Valerie Adams (shot put), Michael Cochrane (400m hurdles), Sarah Cowley (high jump), Louise Jones (400m), Zane Robertson (5000m), Angie Smit (800m), Tom Walsh (shot put), Nick Willis (1500m and 5000m).

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