Beddoes finishes fourth at NZ 2018 Track & Field Championship

Middle-distance runner Alex Beddoes finished fourth in the 800 metres event at the New Zealand National Athletics Championship held in Hamilton over the weekend.

 He clocked a time of 1:51.80sec in the championship, which was the first in 2018 for the Cook Islands athlete.

Beddoes cruised in 1:53.74 heat 2 of his race to qualify for the finlas. In the final, Beddoes raced against the likes of Brad Mathis, New Zealand’s 800m representative to the Commonwealth Games, and James Preston, New Zealand’s 800m representative to the U20 World Champs.

Beddoes capped off the 2017 season on a high, winning a gold medal at the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu in December last year. He ran a time of  1:54.77 seconds.

The 22 year old spent the festive season training, splitting the time between his home here in Rarotonga and his coaching bases in Rotorua, Tauranga and Auckland.

His support team is made up of his coach Keith Roberts, osteopath Blair Ingram, and athletics specialist physiotherapist Vaughan Craddock.

“Coming back and taking three seconds off my time in December really is credit to my team,” Beddoes said.

Beddoes has two more events in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games next month






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