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NZ athletics team named for Paris

Updated: May 3

Eliza McCartney Athletics NZ Paris Olympics
Eliza McCartney has been selected in a 15-strong New Zealand athletics team for the Paris Olympics 2024. PHOTO: DAVE LINTOTT PHOTOGRAPHY

Two reigning World Indoor champions and two former Olympic medallists have been selection as part of the initial 15-strong New Zealand athletics team set to compete at the 2024 Paris Olympics.


Indoor champions, high jumper Hamish Kerr and middle distance runner George Beamish, have been included along with two-time Olympic shot put bronze medalist Tom Walsh and 2016 pole vault bronze medalist



It will be Kerr's second Olympics after finishing 10th in Tokyo will Beamish has been selected for his first Olympics and will compete in the 3000m steeplechase.


Beamish, who finished fifth in the steeplechase at the 2023 World Championships will be the first kiwi steeplechaser at an Olympic Games in 40 years.


He won the 1500m at the World Indoor Championships in Glasgow earlier this year.


The team will see the welcome return of pole vaulter Eliza McCartney, who last competed on the Olympic stage when winning bronze as a teenager at Rio 2016.


McCartney has had her injury issues in recent years, but the Aucklander is back to her best as evidenced by her World Indoor silver medal in Glasgow last month.


To further underline the strength and depth of women's vaulting in New Zealand, McCartney will be joined on the New Zealand team by Olympic debutantes Olivia McTaggart, and Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Imogen Ayris - subject to the pair meeting performance conditions.



Both Tom Walsh and Jacko Gill are all set for a third successive Olympic appearance in the men's shot. Christchurch-based Walsh, the current Commonwealth champion, is hunting history as he bids to become the first Kiwi man to land athletics medals at three successive Olympics after snaring bronze at Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.


Maddi Wesche who was sixth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic earned bronze at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and was fourth at the World Indoor Championships last month has also been selected in shot put..


Taranaki's Zoe Hobbs is also set for her Olympic debut as she becomes the first Kiwi to be selected in the women's 100m at an Olympic Games since 1976.


Papamoa-based Sam Tanner, the New Zealand all-time number two for the 1500m and mile, has earned selection in the men's 1500m at a second successive Olympic Games while Camille French has booked her ticket for Paris in the marathon.


Three further throwers will also feature in Paris as Connor Bell (men's discus), Tori Peeters (women's javelin) and Lauren Bruce (women's hammer, subject to additional conditions) have earned Paris 2024 selection.


Bell, who bettered his national discus record with a stunning 68.10m throw in Oklahoma on 14 April, and Peeters, who finished second in the 2023 Diamond League Final in Eugene, will be making their Olympic debuts.


The team is completed by Ethan Olivier, 18, who is set to become the first New Zealand triple jumper to compete at an Olympic Games since Dave Norris at the 1960 Rome Olympics.


NZ ATHLETICS TEAM


Men’s 3000m steeplechase: Geordie Beamish

Men’s discus: Connor Bell

Men’s high jump: Hamish Kerr

Men’s shot put: Tom Walsh, Jacko Gill

Men’s triple jump: Ethan Olivier

Women’s 100m: Zoe Hobbs

Women’s hammer: Lauren Bruce*

Women’s pole vault: Eliza McCartney, Olivia McTaggart*, Imogen Ayris*

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