Athletics: Kiwi speedster Zoe Hobbs officially breaks 11 seconds for 100 metres at Sydney

Zoe Hobbs in action at the NZ championships
Zoe Hobbs in action at the NZ championships. Photo credit: Alisha Lovrich

Kiwi speedster Zoe Hobbs has clocked her first legal sub-11 seconds 100 metres to break the NZ and Oceania records at the Sydney Track Classic.

Hobbs, 25, has beaten her Australian rivals with a time of 10.97s - a milestone that stamps her as a world-class sprinter. The performance also hacks a massive one-tenth of a second from her existing national and zone marks.

Last week, she entered new territory with a 10.89s time to claim the NZ national title, albeit aided by a strong wind over the allowable limit.

This time, the assistance was just 0.5mps - well below the legal 2mps - as she finished two-and-a-half metres clear of Torrie Lewis (11.23s). 

"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."

In the men's 100 metres, Kiwi Eddie Osei-Nketia (10.16s) was narrowly edged by Aussie rival Rohan Browning (10.14s).