20 Mar 2009

Vili wins Australian title

6:36 am on 20 March 2009

New Zealand's Oympic shot put champion Valerie Vili has won the title at the Australian Championships in Brisbane.

Just like in Beijing, Vili's winning throw was in the first round.... she threw 20.22 metres, not far off her best.

Vili was over three metres clear of her nearest rival Ana Pou'hila of Tonga who was second with 16.94m. Dani Samuels of Australia was third with 16.30m.

The young Canterbury sprinter David Ambler won his heat of the men's 100 metres to qualify, while Chris Donaldson, who just a few weeks ago was in a bobsleigh, just missed qualifying.

Monique Williams won her heat of the 400 metres.