Athletics: Connor Bell breaks own New Zealand discus record in emphatic victory at Melbourne

  • 23/02/2023
Connor Bell.
Connor Bell. Photo credit: Alisha Lovrich

Kiwi Connor Bell has broken his own national discus record for the second time in 35 days, after an emphatic victory at the Maurie Plant meet in Melbourne.

Bell added a further 9cm to his record, with a sensational second-round toss of 66.23m to topple Australia's Commonwealth champion Matt Denny on Wednesday.

The throw takes him closer to the entry standard of 67m for the 2023 World Athletics championships in Budapest in August.

The Aucklander also currently boasts the U20, U19, U18, and U17 discus records, as he emerges as New Zealand's next big athletics star.

Bell's feat comes just days after fellow Kiwis Rosie Ellliot (200m), and Hamish Kerr (high jump) also broke national records.

He will now look to the New Zealand Track and Field championships at Wellington starting March 2, as he seeks a hat-trick of titles.

Meanwhile, a 14-strong Kiwi contingent will now contest the main program of the Maurie Plant, which will take place at Lakeside Stadium on Thursday.

NZ track standouts Tiaan Whelpton, Eddie Osei-Nketia, Sam Tanner, Georgia Hulls and field event exponents Lauren Bruce and Tori Peeters will all feature.