Track and field stars support Christchurch meet
Two-time Olympic Games champion Valerie Adams has pledged her support for February's International Track Meet in Christchurch and former middle-distance medallist Nick Willis will compete again.
Meet promoters are also introducing a novel quadrathlon - 100m, shot put, long jump and 800m events contested by both men and women under the international points scoring system.
London Olympic Games decathlon finalist Brent Newdick is a confirmed starter.
Newdick, who was in Christchurch last night for the event launch, said he was a big fan of the International Track Meet (ITM), which will be held at Christ's College on February 3. "I was lucky enough to compete in the first two years, in 2009 and 10, then the 20011 event was cancelled [after the February 22 earthquake] and I was away overseas this year."
Newdick said the ITM was an important event on the New Zealand track and field calendar because "it creates a bit more of an environment and a lot more excitement around the sport". "We are quite far away from the rest of the world and we normally have to travel all the way to Europe to get the same sort of feeling [the ITM meet has]."
ITM co-promoter Paul Coughlan said Willis had said he would race again in 2013, although the distance had yet to be confirmed.
"Valerie [Adams] has confirmed her support for the meet through her management, but at this point, she's still competing in Europe, so it's too early to know whether [she] will be able to compete down here."