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Smit excels in Moscow

Angie Smit

Angie Smit

Angie Smit broke through on the international stage with personal bests in the 800m and the 1500m and claiming a start in the 800m at the Moscow world championships.

27th Summer Universiade Arena Stadium Kazan – 7-12 July 2013

The 21 year old from Canterbury finished fourth in the final of the 800m in a PB 2m 00.03s and fifth in the final of the 1500m again in a PB 4m 11.72s. Angie had to spend several hours during the day, after her 800m final, sleeping off the heat exhaustion and fatigue from her three rounds of effort in very hot conditions. Despite this setback, she recovered to post her second PB of the championships in the 1500m final.

During the fast paced start, she positioned herself well in the pack. Running a heady tactical race, Angie responded when necessary to set her up for a strong finish in the last 300m moving from ninth to fifth in a fashion that she had also done in the 800m final. It was a magnificent effort considering she had run five races over six days at these championships. She is looking forward to a small rest, two days-set by her coach, Maria Hassan, before preparing for her assault on the world championships in Moscow.

Brent Newdick received the bronze medal in the decathlon improving from fifth place at the end of day one to score a total of 7611 points for third.

7 July: Angie Smit heat 3 800m 1st in 2m 04.68s, qualifies for semi-finals.
8 July: Brent Newdick, decathlon day 1, 100m 11.36s (-0.5) 782, long jump 7.19m (-0.5) 859, shot put 13.73m 712, high jump 1.98m 785, 400m 51.19s 761, 3899 5th. Te Rina Keenan discus throw final 52.38m 6th (x, 49.08m, 49.42m, x, x, 52.38m). Angie Smit 800m semi-final 1 2m 01.51s 4th q for final.
9 July: Angie Smit 800m final 2m 00.03s PB 4th. Brent Newdick decathlon day 2, 110m hurdles 15.60s (+0.3) 778, discus throw 44.04m 747, pole vault 4.70m 819, javelin throw 59.18m 726, 1500m 4m 46.21s 642, 7611 3rd.
10 July: Te Rina Keenan shot put 15.74m q (15.74m, 15.00m, 14.92m). Angie Smit 1500m heat 1 4m 17.94s 7th q, Rebekah Greene 1500m heat 2 4m 30.00s 9th DNQ, 19th overall. Julia Ratcliffe hammer throw final 65.17m 8th (x, 64.76m, x, x, 65.17m, x). Liz Lamb high jump 1.84m q, Emma Sutherland high jump 1.65m DNQ, 22nd overall. Fiona Morrison 100m hurdles heat 3 13.48s (+2.1) 4th DNQ 13th overall.
11 July: Te Rina Keenan shot put final 16.11m 10th (16.11m, 15.75m, 15.44m).
12 July: Liz Lamb high jump final 1.80m 10th (1.75m o, 1.80m o, 1.84m xxx). Angie Smit 1500m final 4m 11.72s PB 5th.

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