Young star tipped for Olympics

Cambridge Middle School student Deigna Khamal continues to amaze in athletics.

Earlier this month the year 8 student smashed four records at her school's annual athletics day - three of which had stood for 31 years - then this week she put in a splendid performance at the inter-intermediate championships to be crowned the Waikato senior girls' overall champion.

At her school's annual event, Deigna, who is Zimbabwean, set new marks in the year 8 girls' 100 and 200 metres, the long jump and the shot put.

Her 9.99m effort in the shot put beat the previous record, set in 2010, by more than half a metre.

But in her other three events she broke marks which Anke Nieschmidt set in 1981.

Deigna ran the 100m in 12.90 seconds, broke the 200m record in her heat before bettering it in the final with 26.81, and leapt 4.95m in the long jump.

The school's long-time sports co-ordinator Richard Glover managed to track down Nieschmidt, whom he had coached all those years ago, and she was able to present Deigna the accolades at Monday's athletics awards ceremony.

Then the following day Deigna put in another splendid performance at the inter-intermediate competition at Porritt Stadium.

She won the year 8 girls' 100m and 200m double, while she was second in the long jump by two centimetres - with her take-off being half a metre behind the board - and also anchored her senior girls' relay team to second place.

Glover said in his 37 years as teacher and sports co-ordinator at the school he has never seen a student who exemplifies the perfect running style that Deigna does, and he has visions of her competing at the 2020 Olympics.