17 JUL 2013 General News Auckland, New Zealand

10 athletes to represent New Zealand at World Championships

Valerie Adams celebrates setting a championship record of 21.24m to win gold in Daegu (Getty Images)Valerie Adams celebrates setting a championship record of 21.24m to win gold in Daegu (Getty Images) © Copyright

The New Zealand team for this year’s IAAF World Championships in Moscow is now into double figures, having increased from the initial four athletes who were announced earlier in the year.

Reigning World Shot Put champion Valerie Adams led the first round of selections, along with 1500m runner Nick Willis, marathon runner Mary Davies and race walker Quentin Rew.

Since then, several other athletes have achieved qualifying performances throughout the summer. Decathlete Brent Newdick and 10,000m runners Jake Robertson and Kim Smith were added to the team in May, followed by javelin thrower Stuart Farquhar and 800m runner Angie Smit.

Robertson’s twin brother, Zane, is the latest addition to the team, having qualified for the 5000m. It is the first time that siblings will represent New Zealand at the IAAF World Championships.

Athletes still with selection chances are shot putter Tom Walsh and hammer thrower Julia Ratcliffe.

IAAF

NEW ZEALAND TEAM FOR MOSCOW

Men
1500m: Nick Willis
5000m: Zane Robertson
10,000m: Jake Robertson
Javelin: Stuart Farquhar
Decathlon: Brent Newdick
50km Race Walk: Quentin Rew

Women
800m: Angie Smit
10,000m: Kim Smith
Marathon: Mary Davies
Shot Put: Valerie Adams