Willis and Adams spearheaded Kiwi contingent

Last updated 17:59 10/03/2013

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Olympic medallists Nick Willis and Valerie Adams spearheaded New Zealand's contingent at the Sydney Track Classic last night with convincing wins while lower profile teammates also produced encouraging results.

Willis confirmed his participation at August's athletics world championships in Moscow by winning the 1500m inside the required A qualifying time - multiple world and Olympic champion Adams naturally secured a perfunctory victory in the shot put.

Alongside those anticipated triumphs Michael Cochrane (400 metres hurdles), Tom Walsh (shot put) and Liz Lamb (high jump) also topped the podium at the Sydney Olympic Park athletics venue.

Fiona Morrison finished second in the 100m hurdles while Brad Mathas and Sarah Cowley were third in the 800m and high jump respectively.

Willis, the Beijing 2008 silver medallist, sat on the solid pace provided by Australian Collis Birmingham and then sprinted clear of Australian rival Ryan Gregson on the last lap to clock 3min 34.68sec - a meeting record that was well inside the 3min 35.00sec he required to compete in Moscow.

He now returns to his United States base in Michigan to continue his preparations with coach Ron Warhurst - and await the birth of his first child in July.

Adams was never going to be stressed by a modest field and was not overly impressed with her sequence of throws until a fifth round effort of 20.02-metres.

Trinidad's Cleopatra Borel was her closest challenge with a best of 17.10m.

Adams' next assignment will be another warm-up for Moscow - a 12th senior shot put title at the New Zealand track and field championships in Auckland starting March 22.

Cochrane stopped the clock in 50.07sec to shave 0.55sec off his previous best and record an A qualifying time for this year's World Student Games in Kazan, Russia, from July 6.

Then men's shot put competition ran in tandem with women so Walsh, New Zealand's second-ranked make shot putter behind Jacko Gill, used Adams as inspiration.

He had a best of 19.81m, 21cm short of Adams, 2cm short of his PB but a whopping 1.36m clear of second-placed Australian

Damien Birkinhead.

Walsh is closing in on the world champs B standard of 20.10m - his aim at the national championships at Mt Smart.

Lamb cleared 1.84m to win the high jump; Cowley was 3cm shy of her compatriot.

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