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Cowley excels in Austria

IAAF Combined Events Meeting, Götzis – 26/27 May 2012

Sarah Cowley - High Jump

Sarah Cowley - High Jump

Sarah Cowley was just one centimetre short of Tania Murray’s New Zealand high jump record after clearing 1.91m on the first day of the world combined events challenge heptathlon in Götzis. Her height, which was a 7cm improvement, was the equal best in the competition and surpasses Elizabeth Lamb to lead the New Zealand women high jump rankings this year. The high jump propelled Cowley to a London Olympic Games qualifying points total of 6135, exceeding the standard of 6050set by the NZOC and Athletics New Zealand selectors. Personal Bests were also achieved in the shot put 13.22m, javelin throw 40.66m and the 800m 2m 15.37s.

Cowley was 18th in the competition won by 2009 world champion Jessica Ennis of Great Britain with a PB of 6906.

Cowley’s performances were: 14.02s (-0.3) 976, 1.91m 1119, 13.22m 742, 25.48s(+2.9) 843, 6.12m (+1.4) 887, 40.66m 680, 2m 15.37s 888.

Her total is a 177 points improvement on her previous best and moves her into second on the New Zealand all time list behind Joanne Henry 6278 and ahead of Rebecca Wardell 6108.

Scott McLaren finished 14th in the decathlon with a total of 7733,improving on his personal best by 132 points. His performances were: 11.18s(-0.1) 821, 6.87m (+1.0) 783, 14.45m 756, 1.88m 696, 50.03s 813, 15.14s (+0.4)833, 43.43m 735, 4.76m 837, 60.45m 745, 4m 34.63s 714. McLaren was 21stwith 3869 after day one.

After a first day total of 3919 in 19th place Brent Newdick did not complete the second day. His performances up to the pole vault were: 11.10s(-0.6) 838, 7.16m (-0.5) 852, 13.79m 715, 1.91m 723, 50.52s 791, 14.97s (+1.4)853, 45.08m 768, 4.36m 719.

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