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Kerr, Wesche medal at Diamond League

A silver medal for Maddi Wesche and bronze for Hamish Kerr at the Diamond League meeting in China
Maddi Wesche has claimed a silver medal at the Diamond League meeting in China PHOTO: ATHLETICS NZ

New Zealand thrower Maddi Wesche has continued her rapid improvement claiming a silver medal at the opening Diamond League meet in China.

Wesche achieved a lifetime best distance of 19.63m in her sixth and final throw in Xiamen to place second in a tight battle for gold.


China's Lijiao Gong won with a 19.72m throw with Jackson Chase of the United States was third with 19.62m.

Twenty-four-year-old Wesche, who was selected in the 15-strong New Zealand team to compete at the Paris Olympics, for a medal.

Her previous personal best of 19.62m was set at last month's world indoor championships and she carried that form to China, where four of her throws were 19.44m or better.

Meanwhile World Indoor Champion, Kerr took bronze after a jump of 2.24m, behind American Shelby McEwen and Qatari Mutaz Essa both recording 2.27m.

In the women's javelin Tori Peeters finished seventh with a thrown of 55.7m.


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