World champions Karsten Warholm, Yulimar Rojas, Tajay Gayle, Anzhelika Sidorova and Kelsey-Lee Barber are among the first stars confirmed for the Meeting Herculis EBS – part of the Wanda Diamond League – in Monaco on 9 July.
Apart from international travel restrictions, it as business as usual for the sport of athletics in New Zealand.
For world javelin champion Kelsey-Lee Barber and her husband and coach, Mike, life under a Covid-19 lockdown in Australia can best be described as the same but different.
Like all other athletes around the world, Kelsey-Lee Barber finds herself suddenly in a world full of uncertainties. The Covid-19 pandemic throws into chaos the carefully-laid plans most athletes make and follow towards an Olympic Games. Worse, they can’t make new plans until the scope and duration of the crisis becomes clearer. And no-one can tell them when that will be.
Describing the few days following the Rio Olympics as “pure devastation” Kelsey-Lee Barber was in a state of despair.
Hamish Kerr equalled the national high jump record of 19 years standing, Edward Osei-Nketia and Zoe Hobbs completed a 100m sprint double and Kelsey-Lee Barber smashed her personal best in the javelin as Australia and New Zealand battled for supremacy on the second day of the Oceania Championships in Townsville.