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New Zealand at World Youth Champs


Gill sets WR in Lille

Gill sets WR in Lille

Lille, France – 6/10 July 2011
New Zealander Jacko Gill stuns the athletic world with gold in the shot put
New Zealand’s 16 year old shot put sensation Jacko Gill stunned the athletic world with a record breaking performance to win the world youth title in Lille France.
Gill blitzed the field with three throws over 24 metres with the 5kg shot, to become not only the gold medallist but the first in the world to break the 24 metre barrier. His winning effort was 24.35m.

Also competing on day two of the championships was Joshua Hawkins who easily qualified for the semi-finals of the 110m hurdles after finishing second in the fifth and final heat in 13.71s (-0.6), the same time as the winner of his heat Lorenzo Perini of Italy. There was only one other athlete faster in the heats, Wilhem Belocian of France who won heat two in 13.70s (-0.7).

Sterling Performance from Joshua Hawkins for Silver in Sprint Hurdles
Joshua Hawkins collected the silver medal in the 110m hurdles in a personal best 13.44s (+0.1).
Running on the outside lane seven Hawkins rallied well over the closing stages and was just three hundredths of a second off the winner Andries Van der Merwe of South Africa.
Hawkins bettered his pending New Zealand M17 record of 13.66s set on the North Shore three weeks ago.
Hawkins had earlier qualified for the next round of the 200m after finishing second in heat 1 in 21.75s (-0.7) and qualified for the final of the 110m hurdles after finishing 2nd in the second semi-final in 13.77s (-2.1)

New Zealand finished the championships 14th on the medal table and 20th on the points table, the best ever World Youth Championships for the country. It was also the first time with two medals at a World Championships at any level.

Day one, 6 July results:
Brendon Barnett long jump qualifying 7.04m (+2.5) DNQ. [7.04m, 6.94m (+1.6), 6.97m (+2.8)].

Siositina Hakeai shot put qualifying 14.23m Q [13.63m, 14.23m, – ]. Final 13.73m 7th [13.65m, 13.73m, x, x, 13.64m, 13.35m].
Merewarihi Vaka shot put qualifying 11.74m DNQ [11.74m, x, 10.98m]

Margot Gibson 1500m heats 10th heat 1 4m 34.96s DNQ.

Keeley O’Hagan high jump qualifying 1.67m DNQ.

Day two, 7 July results:

Jacko Gill shot put qualifying 20.75m Q. Final 24.35m 1st [22.89m, 24.35m, 24.03m, 23.54m, 21.99m, 24.02m].
Joshua Hawkins 110m hurdles heats 2nd heat 5 13.71s (-0.6) Q.
Jacko Gill shot put final 1st 24.35m WYR, NZ M16, M17 record [22.89m, 24.35m, 24.03m, 23.54m, 21.99m, 24.02m].

Day three, 8 July results:
Nicholas Southgate pole vault qualifying rounds 4.80m q. Pascal Kethers NH, DNQ.
Joshua Hawkins 200m heats 2nd heat 1 21.75s (-0.7) Q
Siositina Hakeai discus qualifying rounds, 45.76m DNQ [x, 45.76m, x]. Merewarihi Vaka discus qualifying 48.30m q [48.14m, 48.30m, x].
Joshua Hawkins 110m hurdles semi-final 2nd heat 2 13.77s (-2.1) Q, final 2nd 13.44s (+0.1) NZ M17 record.

Day four, 9 July results:
Merewarihi Vaka discus final 9th 47.32m [47.32m, x, x].
Joshua Hawkins 200m semi-final 6th heat 2 21.49s (+1.3) DNQ.

Day five, 10 July results:

Nicholas Southgate pole vault final 4th equal 4.80m [4.65m o, 4.80m o, 4.95m xxx].

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