Matthew Bloxam (Orewa College) shows the form that won him the senior boys hammer throw at the New Zealand secondary schools championships at the Caledonian Ground last night. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
The technology could not cope. Matthew Bloxham (Orewa
College) beat the laser beam at the Caledonian Ground last
Bloxham (16), the rising star of New Zealand's throwing
world, smashed a 25-year old senior boys hammer throw record
at the New Zealand secondary schools championships.
He won the event with a throw of 73.47m, beating the record
Doug Mace (New Plymouth Boys' High School) set in 1987 by
Defending champion Alex Fafeita (Wairarapa College) was
runner-up with 64.83m and Todd Bates (Taieri College)
improved by 3m when coming third with 57.45.
Athletics Otago throws official Steve Smith said the laser
beam was set at 70m and Bloxham beat it twice. It was the
longest throw any athlete had thrown in New Zealand with any
''It was the first time the laser beam hasn't worked,'' Smith
''We had to go back to the measuring tape.''
Bloxham twice beat his own New Zealand M16 and M17 record of
71.33m with the 5kg implement.
''I'm very happy with that,'' Bloxham said.
But he was given the jitters when he had fouls with his first
two throws and needed a legal throw to qualify for the final
''I was so scared,'' he admitted. ''I just had to get my
third throw in.''
He played it safe and let fly after just two spins to make
sure of qualifying for his last three throws.
His sequence of throws was: foul, foul, 61.26m, 72.74m,
Bloxham was not completely satisfied with his big throw.
''I didn't think it was too good technically,'' he said.
''I lost it on my third and only managed to get my final turn
under control. I've definitely got more there.''
Bloxham has qualified for next year's world youth
championships in the Ukraine in the hammer throw and is keen
to also qualify in the shot put today.
Alexander O'Neill (Rosmini College) missed the junior boys
hammer throw because his flight to Dunedin was delayed by the
tornado in Auckland.
He was given permission to compete in the senior boy's event
and threw 51.13m - good enough to claim the gold medal in the
junior boys event.
Because of the backlog of flights, O'Neill only arrived at
the ground five minutes before the start of the senior boys
Ben Power (Hutt International) was second in the junior boys
event with 47.60m and Bradley Tarlton (Taieri College) had
four personal-best throws when coming third with 46.21m.
Lauren Bruce (Craighead) won the junior girls title with
48.92m from Courtney Martin (East Otago) 42.71m and Tessa
McNab (Craighead) 41.23m.
Montaya Wharehinga (Wainuiomata) won the senior girls title
with 47.43m from Danielle Botha (Waikato Diocesan) 46.90m and
Ella Pilkington (Westlake Girls) 45.16m.