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    Ambler in record form

    Emerging Cantab sprinter after 100m glory

    The Press Last updated 05:00 12/03/2009

    Rising Canterbury sprint star David Ambler will duel with New Zealand's slickest speedsters James Dolphin and Chris Donaldson at the international athletics meeting at QE II in Christchurch tonight (Friday).

    Ambler has been in outstanding form in recent weeks racing in Australia having claimed the Canterbury senior and New Zealand junior records of late.

    Ambler is after the QE II Stadium record of 10.38sec set in 1974 by Commonwealth Games gold medallist Don Quarrie, of Jamaica.

    Ambler first broke the provincial record of Scott Bowden, twice clocking 10.47 sec and 10.45 sec on successive weekends at the New South Wales and Australian Capital Territories championships last month.

    He then clocked 10.41 sec to claim the national under-19 100m record at another meeting in Sydney while last week he lined up alongside the world's second-fastest sprinter, Asafa Powell, and ran third into a headwind.

    His time was 10.52 sec.

    Dolphin is a former national 100m titleholder, who stepped out in the 200m at the Beijing Olympics and his best 100m time is 10.41 sec identical to Ambler's.

    He was a 200m finalist at the Commonwealth Games and a quarterfinalist at the world championships in Paris in 2003 and Osaka 2007.

    Donaldson is a six-time national champion and resident record holder with a best of 10.27sec and is in heavy training as a squad member of the New Zealand bobsleigh team preparing for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

    Meanwhile, another sprinter, Monique Williams, who has won the 100m, 200m and 400m titles for the past two years, is targeting Kim Robertson's long-standing resident record of 23.43 sec which was also set in Christchurch. Robertson holds the 30-year-old national mark of 23.13 sec.

    A $1000 bonus is also at stake for breaking a New Zealand record.

    Double Olympian Mike Aish will appear in the 3000m and has the fastest time of the field at 7min 50.65 sec.

    The United States-based Aish is better known as a 5000m and 10,000m exponent.

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    Nice he got the record too, 10.35s, (+0.6), only in about 12 degrees too....

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    Quote Originally Posted by gofast View Post
    Nice he got the record too, 10.35s, (+0.6), only in about 12 degrees too....
    Great job to his coach and as well as undoubtedly to the athlete. Sometimes leaving them to cope on their own (as was the case in Melbourne) is a necessary step toward real idependence and self-responsibility. Whatever the case, an Ambler he isn't.

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    I didn't know Chris Donaldson was stilling running, i thought he quit to concentrate solely on a Olympic Bobsledding birth. Anyways good to see him still running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gofast View Post
    Nice he got the record too, 10.35s, (+0.6), only in about 12 degrees too....


    this was from his previous race in equally bleak conditions in melbourne

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitkat1 View Post


    this was from his previous race in equally bleak conditions in melbourne
    I was in Christchurch for the 74 Games. My first trip to a "major" international meet. Nearly made it to Munich, but couldn't raise the cash. I remember Quarrie and Haseley Crawford pointing at each other in a preliminary round of the 100m. What showmanship. It was a great photo 0- if anyone can find it, please post.
    I liked Quarrie a lot. Years later we "shared a shower" (Not at the same time, fools: his room at the Queens Hotel in London didn't have a shower or bath, so he and half the rest of the world's top athletes seemed to traipse to and from my room to take a wash. lol!).
    DQ is the technical director of Jamaican aths now, but I gather he made a meal of meddling in the women's 4x100 relay in Beijing, enforcing a woman who never runs the bend to take and receive on the third leg which is where they dropped the stick. They should have broken that WR the DDR set in Canberra at the 85 World Cup. Can't believe that 4x1 WR still untouched.

    Anyway...back to the point. Well done Ambler

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    Quote Originally Posted by glimpse_2 View Post
    I didn't know Chris Donaldson was stilling running, i thought he quit to concentrate solely on a Olympic Bobsledding birth. Anyways good to see him still running.
    He is/was in the sled squad but they crashed out a couple of weeks ago and I'm pretty sure that means they can't go to worlds. He was setting PBs over 30m as part of his sled training and I think was always planning on doing 100m at Nationals anyway.

    The run by Ambler was extremely impressive I thought Chris may have him till 35m then get run down by Ambler but it was never in doubt.

    As well as Ambler Gofast has a good stable of athletes who are performing well, some may not be there this year but watch out in the next couple or so.

    As for the meet it was a GREAT event, with a good crowd. They had an interclub meet beforehand which any registered runner could compete in (even slow, fat old hacks ) then some younger school relays followed by the main meet which clicked along at a good pace with no gaps. As well as the international races they had a National U19r 3000m race and some excellent high school 4 x 440 yard (yes you read it right) relays. Overall it would be hard to find fault with the organising and hopefully it grows from here. Special mention needs to be made of the role of Nick Willis who has taken his responsibility as one of NZ's leading athletes very seriously and is an excellent ambassador.


    Two New Zealand records and an Australian record at Christchurch meeting


    13/03/2009 11:22:37 p.m.
    David Ambler became the second fastest ever New Zealander over 100m after reducing his own New Zealand M19 record to 10.35s at QEII Stadium in Christchurch this evening.
    Ambler bettered his recent record of 10.41s set in Sydney two weeks ago. He also had the satisfaction of setting a Stadium record sprinting faster than Jamaican Don Quarrie's gold medal performance of 10.38s at the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games.
    In perfect conditions with a slight following wind of 0.6 mps, Ambler headed in New Zealand's fastest at 10.17s, Chris Donaldson who recorded 10.66s, Ben Potter 10.80s and James Dolphin 10.82s.


    Monique Williams set a New Zealand women's resident 200m record of 23.26s (+0.8) lowering Kim Robertson's 27 year old record of 23.43s set in Christchurch. Two weeks ago in Sydney Williams broke Robertson's New Zealand national record with a time of 22.98s.
    Andrea Koenen ran a personal best of 24.06s in second with Nicola Hely third in 24.55s.

    Jason Woolhouse became the 33rd New Zealander to break four minutes for the mile in finishing fourth in 3m 59.80s, the same time as Richard Potts on the New Zealand alltime list. Potts also running his time in Christchurch in December 1993.

    Jeff Riseley of Australia won the invitational mile, which had been robbed of some of its interest with the withdrawal due to injury of Nick Willis. Riseley ran 3m 54.24s to narrowly beat compatriot Collis Birmingham who recorded 3m 54.36s.
    David Campbell of Ireland was third in 3m 59.37s.
    Matthew Lack won the wheelchair mile in 3m 46.37s.

    Nikki Hamblin won the 800m in 2m 5.95s, from Selma Kajan of Australia 2m 6.72s and Angie Smit 2m 8.75s. Tim Hawkes won the men's 800m in 1m 49.85s while Ryan Gregson set an Australian junior record in winning the 3000m in 7m 57.45s. TOOK NEARLY 3 SECONDS OFF OLD RECORD SET BY 2ND PLACE RUNNER THIS SEASON. THIS WAS A SUPER IMPRESSIVE RUN ESP THE LAST 400M WHERE HE JUST WENT FOR IT

    The New Zealand M19 3000m title went to Brendon Blacklaws in 8m 26.76s from Eric Speakman 8m 28.89s and Simon Rogers 8m 29.18s.
    Hannah Newbould (17) was second in 4m 49.67s to Australian Kaila McKnight (4m 39.07s) in the women's mile.

    Sarah Cowley was out to the best women's long jump in the country this season of 6.06m, while Brent Newdick cleared 7.09m.
    Karl Fitzpatrick won the javelin with a throw of 59.79m.

    http://www.athletics.org.nz/Article.aspx?ID=5147

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    13/03/2009 11:22:37 p.m.
    David Ambler became the second fastest ever New Zealander over 100m after reducing his own New Zealand M19 record to 10.35s at QEII Stadium in Christchurch this evening.
    Ambler bettered his recent record of 10.41s set in Sydney two weeks ago. He also had the satisfaction of setting a Stadium record sprinting faster than Jamaican Don Quarrie's gold medal performance of 10.38s at the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games.
    In perfect conditions with a slight following wind of 0.6 mps, Ambler headed in New Zealand's fastest at 10.17s, Chris Donaldson who recorded 10.66s, Ben Potter 10.80s and James Dolphin 10.82s.



    Yeah, am thinking 12 degrees isn't that perfect, anyway.....hoping that Oz Nats in Brisbane next weekend we might get 20 degrees plus then maybe go might close to world champs B of 10.28s...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gofast View Post
    13/03/2009 11:22:37 p.m.
    Yeah, am thinking 12 degrees isn't that perfect, anyway.....hoping that Oz Nats in Brisbane next weekend we might get 20 degrees plus then maybe go might close to world champs B of 10.28s...
    fingers crossed.

    From NZ Run Tim Jones is only running 800s because he is injured and he cant sprint! He isn't doing any specific training at all, longest session was 400m jog, 4x200m, 400m jog. No running for longer than 5 minutes. How good could he be if he focussed on 800s?? He has the aptitude of a distance man and is a Boys High scholar/gentleman so hopefully at some stage he will make a permanent step up.
    Osbourne starting to look like his old self, after running 1:51 took the mile through 809m in a shade under 1:56. If he gets a good winter under him look out!


    Is that right?
    Last nights run wasn't enough to change his mind re Nationals? From the entries up and he way he is going he would go close to a podium finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John View Post
    fingers crossed.

    From NZ Run [I] Tim Jones is only running 800s because he is injured and he cant sprint! He isn't doing any specific training at all, longest session was 400m jog, 4x200m, 400m jog. No running for longer than 5 minutes.

    Is that right?
    Last nights run wasn't enough to change his mind re Nationals? From the entries up and he way he is going he would go close to a podium finish.
    Yeah thats not right, he has done some longer stuff like 600,550,500,450 etc. He's not interested in 800's at the mo, still wants sub 47s 400m...

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