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Buscomb surges into world champs team

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/05/2017

A stunning run in California has earned distance athlete Camille Buscomb a place in the New Zealand team to compete at the world championships in London.

Buscomb clocked 31 minutes 45.02 seconds over 10,000m at a meet in Stanford on Sunday, going under 30sec under the qualifying mark needed to compete at the championships in August.

Her time was also 41sec quicker than the Cambridge athlete had run before, going well under the nomination standard for next year's Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The 26-year-old, who won silver over 5000m at the 2015 World University Games, narrowly missed qualifying for the Rio Olympics.

Her move to a longer distance has been successful for US-based Buscombe, who last December won the prestigious Zatopek 10,000m in Melbourne.

New Zealand's team to compete at London has now swelled to seven.

NZ team: Zane Robertson, Camille Buscomb (both 10,000m), Tom Walsh, Jacko Gill (both shot put), Eliza McCartney (pole vault) Joseph Millar (sprints), Quentin Rew (race walks).

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