Kiwi sprinter Zoe Hobbs qualified for the 100m semi-finals at the world championships, breaking her own Oceania record.
Hobbs crossed the finish line in 11.08 seconds in his heat at the event in Eugene, Oregon. Mark bettered the mark of 11.09 seconds she set at the Oceania Championships in Australia last month and saw her take second place in her heat to automatically progress through the event.
“I’m just excited to make the semi, and run a PB at the same time, it’s really cool,” Hobbs said after his race.
“Everyone said I had a good start, but I don’t remember. I was just in my own lane. I didn’t know I was second. I really didn’t notice anything around from me, i was just trying to make sure i got the right race pieced together.
“I freaked out a bit towards the end, so that’s something I’d like to clean up tomorrow.”
Hobbs has been in fantastic form all season as she prepares for the Commonwealth Games – lowering New Zealand’s women’s 100m record five times since December – and said she made it to the championships in the world in hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals.
“I was quite nervous before the race. I’ve been nervous all day, so it’s been quite a long day in that sense. But I have nothing to lose tomorrow. I think that takes the pressure off, and I just want to go out and enjoy it.”
The women’s 100m semi-finals are scheduled to start Monday at 12:33 p.m.
Hobbs’ performance follows that of fellow Kiwi sprinter Eddie Osei-Nketia, who yesterday set a new New Zealand record in his heat to advance to the semi-finals. Osei-Nketia’s time of 10.08 seconds edged New Zealand’s previous mark of 10.11 seconds – set by his father Gus 28 years ago.
The 21-year-old couldn’t repeat the dose in his semi-final, running a 10.29-second run to finish seventh in his heat. The slowest qualifying time for the final was 10.06 seconds.
In the men’s 1500m, Sam Tanner qualified for Monday’s semifinals after a strong run in his heat. His mark of 3min39.33sec saw him finish fifth in his heat – the top six in each of the three heats earning automatic qualification.
In the women’s shot put, Maddison Wesche threw a new personal best at 19.50m to take seventh place in the final. American Chase Ealey won the title with a throw of 20.51m.