Paris Olympics: Kiwi speedster Zoe Hobbs steps up in distance with another national title over 100 metres

Kiwi sprint star Zoe Hobbs has officially turned her attention to the Paris Olympics with another title over 100 metres at the national athletics championship in Wellington.

Her victory in 11.13s follows her fourth place over 60 metres at the world indoor championships - just 0.01s outside a medal - at Glasgow.

Hobbs' eighth consecutive title was not a perfect performance, despite a margin of nearly five metres to her nearest pursuer. She told Newshub she through she raised her head a little early, which prevented her doing a better time.

Harry Bartle reports on Zoe Hobbs' national crown over 100 metres.
Harry Bartle reports on Zoe Hobbs' national crown over 100 metres. Photo credit: Newshub

"It felt a little foreign, if I'm honest," she admitted. "I haven't done a lot of 100s this season and off the back of a lot of travel this past month, I think what I ran today was pretty solid,

"There's some stuff to clean up in the race, but the more exposure I get at 100 metres and getting to practice the execution, the more I'll refamiliarise myself.

"I just wanted to come out and have fun."

Other highlights saw Tiaan Whelpton clock 10.38s to take out the men's 100 metres, shot putter Maddison-Lee Wesche - who also finished fourth at the world indoors - tossed 19.43m in her specialty event, while James Preston closed on our oldest national record, with 1m 44.87s over 800 metres - second only to Peter Snell.

Olympic hopefuls Eliza McCartney (pole vault), Tom Walsh and Jacko Gill (shot put) and Tori Peeters (javelin) will all chase national crowns on Saturday.