Olympic strikes gold

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

Olympic Har­ri­ers en­joyed their most suc­cess­ful North Is­land Col­gate Games ever ear­lier this month, col­lect­ing 20 medals.

The event, held in In­gle­wood from Jan­uary 4 to 6, saw al­most all of the Olympic run­ners achieve per­sonal bests, af­ter plenty of work with coaches Amanda Gold­smith, Alas­tair Les­lie and Juan McDon­ald. Eleven golds, one sil­ver and eight bronze were won.

Stand­out per­form­ers were Is­lam Khaled-Ab­bas and Ben Mur­doch in the 12-year-old boys, Kushla Smith and Marama But­ler in the 11-yearold girls, and Emer­son Yee in the 12-year-old girls.

Khaled fin­ished the week­end with five golds and one bronze, win­ning the 100 me­tre, 200m and 400m fi­nals, and was part of the 4 x 100m (with Pa­trick White, Ben Mur­doch and Finn Leary) and mixed med­ley re­lay ( with Cal­lum Brooker, Mur­doch, Olivia Aunoa and Yee) vic­to­ries. He earned bronze in the long jump.

Smith ran ex­tremely strongly at the Col­gates, win­ning gold in the 800m and 1500m and sil­ver in the 400m, all with per­sonal best times.

Yee, mean­while, won the long jump with a dis­tance of 4.76m and then took bronze in the high jump with 1.36m, a per­sonal best.

The club’s coach­ing co-or­di­na­tor Jo Mur­ray says the success is ‘‘tes­ta­ment to the won­der­ful group of vol­un­teer par­ents we have at our club and the bril­liant coach­ing team of Amanda, Alas­tair and Juan.’’

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