5 Apr 2013

Strong NZ contingent to contest World Challenge athletic meet

11:30 am on 5 April 2013

Fourteen New Zealand athletes have secured starts in the World Challenge meet in Melbourne on Saturday.

The meeting is the first of the IAAF 2013 series of fourteen Diamond League and fifteen World Challenge international events.

The group includes winners of nine New Zealand senior championship titles at the recent national track and field champs in Auckland.

Stuart Farquhar in the javelin has had a good start to his season, throwing over 80 metres at the New Zealand championships and will be hoping to throw 83.50 metres, which would qualify him for the world championships later in the year.

The national sprint champion Joseph Millar will compete in the 100 and 200 metres while Hamish Carson and Hugo Beamish will both compete in the 5000 metres.

Michael Cochrane will contest the 400 metres hurdles, hoping for a repeat of his victory at the recent Sydney Classic meeting.