Peeters’ qualification criteria reassessed

Tori Peeters
Tori Peeters
Hope is not lost for Tori Peeters just yet.

The former Otago javelin thrower’s Olympic dream remains alive, despite her not reaching her initial qualification requirements.

Peeters (26) had been selected in Athletics New Zealand’s 15-strong team for the Tokyo Games, with the provision she threw 62m by the end of April.

However, due to disruptions to her competition schedule that has been reassessed.

She now has until June 20 to throw either one distance of 62m, or two of 61.5m.

The Games, which were rescheduled from last year, begin on July 23.

Since being named to the team Peeters has competed once, at the Australian National Championships.

There she threw 58m and placed fourth.

The New Zealand record holder, Peeters has exceeded the 62m mark once before.

She did that in February last year, when she threw 62.04m in Sydney.

Peeters, who is originally from Gore, is now based in Cambridge, where she works at St Peter’s College.

She spent several years studying in Dunedin and put together an impressive list of achievements wearing both Otago and Taieri colours.

That has included the majority of five senior women’s national titles and breaking the national record eight times.

She first set that mark in March 2014 with 54.45m, breaking Kirsten Hellier’s record from 1999, and she has since gradually added to that.

Hellier remains third on the all time national rankings, Auckland’s Stephanie Wrathall has jumped to second but is nearly 7m behind Peeters.

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