11 Jul 2013

Smit gets World Championship qualifying time

5:19 am on 11 July 2013

The New Zealand athlete Angie Smit is likely to be heading back to Russia next month after running under the Moscow World Championship B qualifying standard while finishing fourth in the 800 metres final at the World University Games in Kazan.

Smit ran a personal best of 2 minutes 00.03 seconds to beat the standard of 2:01.00.

Her previous best was 2:00.67, set in Belgium last year.

As she has not attended a World championships previously, the Christchurch 21-year-old was required to run just one B standard time and can now expect to be named in the team when the final group of athletes is announced next week.

The 2013 World Track and Field champs start on August 10th in Moscow.