Smit finishes fifth in Diamond League debut

Last updated 14:40 27/07/2013

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Angie Smit's Diamond League debut has yielded an impressive fifth-placed finish in the 800m this morning.

The anniversary event at the London Olympic Stadium, almost one year exactly since the 2012 Games, Smit finished fifth in a decent field in 2mins 42 seconds.

The time was four-tenths of a second adrift of her personal best, set a fortnight ago at the World Student Games in Russia.

After a good first lap, Smit positioned herself well with a decisive move into fourth place with 200 metres to go.

While unable to retain the position in the sprint home, Smit will be pleased with her first Diamond League appearance.

The race was won by American Brenda Martinez in a meet record of 1.58.19 seconds.

Smit now returns to the New Zealand team's base in Berlin for her final preparations for the World Championships in Moscow, starting on 10 August.

Valerie Adams contests the shot put early tomorrow morning (NZT).

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