Christina Ashton once again revealed her cool temperament by
winning two gold medals at the New Zealand athletics
championships at the weekend.
Ashton (16) was competing in the women's 18 grade in
Wellington and convincingly won the 100m hurdles in a
wind-assisted 13.97sec from Phoebe Edwards (Wellington)
Ashton retained the title she won in Auckland last year and
retained her position as the best women's sprint hurdler in
the country in the youth grade.
She broke the Otago record with her heat time of 14.15sec and
was also a key member of the 4 x 100m relay team which won
the gold medal in the grade with a time of 49.05sec.
Marshall Hall won his fifth senior men's discus title with an
Otago record throw of 58.25m, a personal best by 1.19m.
Hall, who now works in Auckland, has chosen to remain
registered with the Taieri club.
He lost his national title last year and was determined to
get it back this year.
Hall's nearest opponent is new world shot put star Tom Walsh
(Canterbury), who is nearly 5m behind him.
Tori Peeters (20) broke the New Zealand record when she won
the women's javelin with a throw of 54.45m.
It beat the record that has been held by former Olympian
Kirsten Hellier (Auckland) for the past 15 years by 26cm.
Anna Grimaldi broke four New Zealand records in AWD Para 47
events - 100m (13.58sec), 200m (28.39sec), 400m (66.41sec),
long jump (4.84m) - when winning the gold medals.
Holly Robinson won the AWD women's javelin title with 34.06m.
Rory McSweeney won the men's AWD javelin with a throw of
42.73m. Bradley Tarleton won a gold medal in the men's 18
hammer throw (53.04m) and bronze in the men's 20 (45.51m).
Libby Jones won a silver medal in the women's 20 discus
(39.97m) and a bronze medal was won by Felix McDonald in the
men's 18 110m hurdles (15.45sec).
Taieri gold medallists
Rory McSweeney, Anna Grimaldi, Marshall Hall, Christina
Ashton, Holly Robinson, Tori Peeters, Bradley Tarleton.