Anderson 10,000m treble foiled

Oliver O'Sullivan on the way to winning the Otago 10,000m championship at the Caledonian Ground...
Oliver O'Sullivan on the way to winning the Otago 10,000m championship at the Caledonian Ground on Saturday. Photo: Peter McIntosh
The champion was dethroned in the feature race at the Caledonian Ground on Saturday.

Hill City-University’s Oliver O’Sullivan claimed the Otago 10,000m championship in hot conditions.

In doing so he edged Ariki’s Aaron Anderson, denying the 22-year-old a third consecutive title.

O’Sullivan finished in 34min 08.88sec to finish 9sec ahead of his nearest competitor, Leith’s Nic Bathgate.

Anderson trailed another 4sec back to finish third.

HCU’s Rosie Elliott continued her strong summer with her most impressive run of the season.

She clocked 23.59sec in the 200m to break Anita Sutherland’s Otago record, set in 1988, by 0.05sec.

It was all the more impressive that she did it into a headwind, while Sutherland’s performance came with a tail wind right on the legal limit.

Rosie Elliott
Rosie Elliott
The time takes a handy chunk off her previous personal best of 23.83sec, which she ran last month in Dunedin.

That lifts her to fourth on the national rankings, behind only Zoe Hobbs (23.19sec), Olivia Eaton (23.55sec) and Portia Bing (23.57sec).

It also takes her to 11th on the all-time rankings.

Vincent Paddam also set a 200m record.

The Otago Masters athlete ran 31.69sec to break the Otago men’s 70-year-old record.

Schuyler Orr delivered the fastest men’s time in the 200m of 22.88sec.

Elliott had another strong run in the 100m, finishing in 11.77sec.

Nathan MacDonell clocked 11.13sec to win in a competitive men’s field.

Schuyler Orr
Schuyler Orr
Felix McDonald got one back as he edged MacDonell in the 400m to win in 50.42sec.

Rebekah Greene ran 59.95sec to win the women’s grade, while also blitzing the 1500m field to win in 4min 28.03sec.

Taieri’s Millar McElrea won both the high jump and triple jump with impressive performances.

The 14-year-old jumped 1.80m in the high jump, while notching 10.30m in the triple jump.

Dyani Shepherd-Oates (Taieri) had the best result of the throws, winning the hammer with 46.15m.


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