Zoe Hobbs breaks Womens 100m New Zealand National and Oceania records.
Sydney Track Classic, Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre, 11 March:
Zoe Hobbs clocked her first legal sub-11 seconds 100 metres to break the New Zealand National and Oceania records.
Hobbs beat her Australian rivals with a time of 10.97 +0.5 – a milestone that stamps her as a world-class sprinter. She bettered her record of 11.07 +1.8 set in the heats at last week’s nationals in Wellington.
In the final she entered new territory with a 10.89 +3.4 time to claim her seventh straight national title.
Hobbs was well clear finishing two-and-a-half metres clear of Torrie Lewis who recorded 11.23.
“It feels so good,” said Hobbs. “I had a little bit of a shock at the end of the race, when I saw 10.99 flash up [later rounded down] and I started celebrating, and then I thought, ‘No, wait for the wind’.
“When I heard the time and the wind was legal, I was absolutely stoked to finally dip under the 11-second mark legally.”