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Petty to race at athletics world champs

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/05/2017

Middle-distance runner Angie Petty will compete at her third world championships after being added to the New Zealand team to race in London.

Petty, 25, secured a ticket to the championships in August by scraping under the A-qualifying time in California last week.

Her time of 2 minutes 00.44 seconds in Eagle Rock was 0.06sec quicker than required and also bettered the standard for nomination for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

It was also Petty's fastest time since the 2015 Beijing world championships, where she placed fourth in her semi-final, just missing the final.

The Rangiora runner will continue training under coach Danny Mackey in Seattle, fitting in more racing before heading to Europe in June.

The New Zealand team has grown to eight athletes.

NZ team: Angie Petty (800m), 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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