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Kiwi Olympians set for Sydney Track Classic

Published: 5:18PM Friday March 08, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

Olympic medallists Valerie Adams and Nick Willis will be among fourteen New Zealand athletes crossing the Tasman this weekend to compete at the prestigious Sydney Track Classic on Saturday.

Adams is in very good form for this stage of the season, throwing an excellent 20.75 metres at the Shot in the City in The Cloud on Auckland's waterfront last weekend.

The throw has put her almost a full metre ahead of the next best in the world for 2013 and she will be untroubled by the best in Australia.

Similarly, Willis is very happy with his current form after his 3 minutes 36.51 seconds win in Auckland at the FAST 1500 event last week. He is chasing the 2013 World Champs selection standard for 1500 metres of 3 minutes 35.00 seconds, wanting to book his ticket to Moscow before he starts his northern hemisphere season.

Willis has not won a race in Australia since the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, so is keen to get on the winners dais. He will have the in-form Collis Birmingham and Australian record holder Ryan Gregson to contend with.

Tom Walsh will be aiming for a personal best to improve on the 19.83 metres he recorded several weeks ago and could go close to the magic 20 metres mark if the conditions are good.

Joseph Millar won the Australian 200 metres title last season and he will take on the best from across the Tasman again in Sydney. Following his wind assisted times of 10.21 (100m) and 20.90 seconds (200m) at the Auckland Champs last weekend, he is approaching his best form.

Waikato distance runner Camille Buscomb has not been beaten on New Zealand soil this summer and will be looking place well in the 1500 metres and improve personal best on Saturday.

Liz Lamb and Sarah Cowley will renew their rivalry in Sydney after both clearing 1.84 metres a week ago, while

New Zealand sprint champion Monique Williams has been training in England and has her first race of the season, lining up against the Australian sprint champ Melissa Breen over 100 metres.

Michael Cochrane has run a series of quick 400 metres hurdles races recently and is looking for a breakthrough to get close to the 50 seconds mark.

Sydney Track Classic

NZL Women

Valerie Adams Shot Put 2 x Olympic champion
Kelsey Berryman 100m 100m hurdles
Camille Buscomb 1500m NZ 3000m champion 2013
Sarah Cowley High Jump London 2012 Olympian
Liz Lamb High Jump NZ champion 2012
Fiona Morrison 100m hurdles NZ champion 2012
Monique Williams 100m NZ 100 & 200m champion 2012

NZL Men

Hamish Carson 1500m 2 x former NZ 1500m champion
Michael Cochrane 400m hurdles NZ Junior 400mh Rep
Jerram Huston Shot Put
Brad Mathas 800m NZ 800m champion
Joseph Millar 200m NZ 100 & 200m champion
Tomas Walsh Shot Put 3 x NZ Shot Put champion
Nick Willis 1500m 2008 Olympic Silver medallist

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