Records tumble at champs

Last updated 07:23 28/02/2013

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The hot and humid conditions at the annual TET Athletics Taranaki track and field championships did not stop several records falling at Inglewood on Sunday.

Fifteen-year-old Zoe Hobbs, of Egmont, broke her own records in the women's 16 long jump and 100m, as she landed at 5.35 metres and stopped the clock at 12.4 seconds.

Kyle Van der Merwe, of Inglewood, extended the men's 19 discus to 43.27m, 62cm further than the old record.

Masters athlete Kelvin Wackrow, of Inglewood, hurled the discus nearly 4m further than the record in the men's 75 grade and added a further 1.4m to the shot put record with a distance of 8.29m.

Club-mate Rachel Gilberd sliced nine seconds off her women's 35 3km walk record, finishing in 16min 1.13sec. She also pushed the triple jump record out to 8.59m.

Des Phillips, of Stratford Runners and Walkers, broke his own record and won the men's 60 3km B-grade walk in 18min 18.3sec.

Eric Kemsley, of the Taranaki Race Walking Club, took an amazing 2min 47sec seconds off the men's 60 time for the 3km walk in a smart 16:0.65.

Egmont Athletics' Karen Gillum-Green broke the women's 55 200m record in 33.88sec. She also lowered her own 400m record by a second to finish in 73.89sec. Fellow Egmont athlete Mike Morresey reduced his men's 40 3km walk record to 13:50.42. Another club-mate, Katie Morresey-Tahere, set a record in the women's 40 3km walk B-grade with a time of 20:17.95.

Sue Park, TRWC, also set records in the women's 70 3km walk B-grade (23:59.35), the shot put (4.73m) and discus (11.81m).

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