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Petty ducks under world championships time

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/05/2017

Middle distance runner Angie Petty has ducked under the qualifying standard for the world athletics championships in London later this year.

The 2016 Rio Olympian clocked two minutes, 00.44 seconds in finishing third at the USATF Distance Classic in Los Angeles on Friday (NZT), just under the A qualifying standard of 2:00.50.

British runner Adelle Tracey was fractionally ahead in 2:00.35 to steal second, while Brenda Martinez (US) won in 1:58.78.

Petty, 25, set a personal best 1:59.06 in winning the 2015 World Student Games, but has since struggled to go under two minutes.

Seven athletes have already been named for the early August world championships, with 10,000m runner Camille Buscomb the most recent inclusion earlier this month.

Shot putters Tom Walsh and Jacko Gill, pole vaulter Eliza McCartney, sprinter Joseph Miller, 10,000m runner Zane Robertson and walker Quentin Rew were named in April.

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