Record No 3

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

Nick Wil­lis claimed his third na­tional record within three weeks, adding the New Zealand res­i­dent 5000m record to the na­tional in­door mile records set in the United States over the first two weeks of Fe­bru­ary. The Olympic 1500m sil­ver medal­list was up against the out­stand­ing Robert­son twins Zane and Jake who were hav­ing their first race back in New Zealand in eight years at Trusts Arena on Fe­bru­ary 27. With three laps re­main­ing Jake was call­ing the tune in the lead in an at­tempt to pull his brother clear of Wil­lis. Into the fi­nal 800m Zane made a bid for victory only to be quickly gath­ered in by Wil­lis. Into the fi­nal lap and Wil­lis had it sewn up fin­ish­ing in 13:22.11, break­ing Dick Quax’s New Zealand res­i­dent record of 13:24.0 set in Auck­land in 1973. It is Wil­lis’ first New Zealand res­i­dent record.

Long throws: Auck­land Girls Gram­mar stu­dents Kayla Me­hau and Ofa Hakeai both com­peted in the se­nior girls shot­put which Ofa placed first. She also won the se­nior girls dis­cus by more than 13 me­tres.

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