Jessica Hull (AUS), has broken the Oceania Area 1500m Record in the World Athletics Continental Silver Meeting in Berlin on 13th of September. Her time was 4.00.42, which breaks the previous record of Linden Hall from 2018.

This is Hull’s second Area Record of the year, after breaking the Indoor 1500m at a meet in Boston in February.

“To have the area 1500m record is pretty special. It’s the one I was gunning for. Now I’ve got the elusive sub four to reset for next year.” Jessica Hull after breaking the 1500m Area Record.

Women’s 1500m Oceania Area Record Progression

4:19.0                   Marise CHAMBERLAIN                    NZL                        Perth                     08.12.62

4:15.7                   Jenny ORR                                           AUS        1             Auckland              22.02.72

4:15.4                   Jenny ORR                                           AUS        1             Hamilton              19.02.72

4:08.06                Jenny ORR                                           AUS                        Munich                 04.09.72

4:07.03                Kate ANDERSON                               AUS        1             Brisbane               14.03.76

4:06.47                Christine PFITZINGER                      NZL                        San Jose               27.06.87

4:01.34                Margaret CROWLEY                         AUS        3             Oslo                       05.07.96

4.00.93                Sarah Jamieson                                 AUS        2             Stockholm           25.06.06

4.00.86                Linden Hall                                          AUS        6             Eugene                 26.05.18

Also at the same meeting, another Area Record Holder, Genevieve Gregson, finished 8th in her first and only 3000m Steeplechase this year.

Over the weekend, Athletics New Zealand, and Hastings Athletics Club hosted a meet for some of their top athletes. Tom Walsh returned to competition for the first time in 6 months, throwing 21.54m with Nick Palmer was second in the shot with 17.34m and Nathaniel Sulupo third with 15.49m.

Lisa Adams, was however the highlight of the day, breaking her Personal Best, and F37 World Record, to put 15.50m. The World Record still needs to go through the normal ratification processes.

Sprinters competed over some rarely run distances, with the 60m, 150m and 300m distances being run. Joseph Millar, Hamish Gill and Edward Osei-Nketia duelled out across all three distances, with all three in the placings across the three disciplines.

In the Women’s sprints, it was Oceania 100m Champion, Zoe Hobbs taking out the 150m, whilst Symone Tafuna’I took out the 60m, returning to competition after battling injuries over the past 18 months. World Championships representative Portia Bing took out the 300m.

In the field, Connor Bell threw the 1.75kg discus for one of the last times, throwing 64.78m just off his Personal Best. Madison Wesche was just shy of 18m, with a best throw of 17.98m in the Shpt Put, and Lauren Bruce also showing she is good form with a Hammer Throw performance of 66.62m.

Over the next few days, the action returns to Europe with Australian Athletes competing in  the Continental Tour meeting in Zagreb (Peter Bol and Joseph Deng – 800m, Ryan Gregson, Stewert McSweyn and Matt Ramsden – 3000m, Nicola McDermott – HJ) and the Diamond League Meeting in Rome (Ryan Gregson, Stewert McSweyn and Matt Ramsden – 3000m, Nicola McDermott – HJ).

Whilst in our own backyard, Athletics Fiji is hosting a competition this Saturday at ANZ Stadium in Suva.