Peeters outstanding in virtual throws contest

Tori Peeters. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Tori Peeters. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Former Otago javelin thrower Tori Peeters has unleashed the best throw of all time on New Zealand soil.

Peeters, who now competes for the Hamilton City Hawks, threw a winning distance of 60.14m in Hamilton at the weekend.

It took her to victory in the national virtual throws competition.

The competition, run by Otago’s Raylene Bates, was held at tracks around New Zealand.

Throwers across the country competed on either Saturday or Sunday, and results were collated yesterday.

Peeters’ winning distance was nearly 20m ahead of second-placed Jessica Senior, who did her throws in Invercargill.

In Dunedin, Mate Poduje threw 46.61m to win the senior men’s competition, while Alexa Duff won the women’s under-16 with 31.62.

Ethan Walker’s 55.93m made him a convincing winner in the men’s under-20 grade, Ben Baines won the para-men’s under-20 with 30.45m and Claire Giles 12.29m to win the masters women’s 65+.

Jim Blair set a New Zealand masters record in the men’s 90+ grade, with a throw of 18.65m.

He also threw 19.53m to set the record in the same grade in the hammer throw.

Another former Dunedin athlete, Nicole Bradley, cracked the 70m mark in the hammer for the first time.

Her throw of 70.07m in Auckland was a winning distance over Dunedin pair Dyani Shepherd-Oates and Mayce Ballantyne, who threw 55.83m and 49.78m respectively.

It was also one of three events, alongside shot put and discus, in which Winifred Harding claimed victory in Dunedin.

The event is intended to become an annual occurrence, and attracted 153 athletes ranging in age from 10 to 90.

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