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Strong finish earns Petty eighth 800m win

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/01/2017

Rio Olympian Angie Petty has won the feature women's 800m for an unprecedented eighth time at the Potts Classic in Hastings.

Petty left her run until the home straight, where she eased past Katherine Marshall to win in two minutes 03.67 seconds, just 0.24sec outside her meeting record from last year.

Marshall clocked 2:05.56 for second, with Katrina Anderson in 2:05.91.

Petty, who didn't progress past the heats in Rio, has recently changed coaches, moving from long-term mentor Maria Hassan to Seattle-based Danny Mackey.

She has broken two minutes for the 800m three times, and has a best of 1:59.06, set in winning gold at the world university games in 2015.

Australian record holder Alex Rowe won the men's 800m in a meeting record 1:48.06 from compatriot Andre Waring.

Olivia McTaggart cleared a personal best 4.40m to break Eliza McCartney's meeting record of 4.20m in the women's pole vault.

The 27-year-old was also just 0.05m away from the New Zealand under-18 record held by McCartney.

Rio Olympics finalist Jacko Gill displayed some solid early-season form in reaching 20.30m to improve his own meeting record by 24cm.

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