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Bell on top of the world before Olympics

College Sport Media:

Oppressively hot weather and a largely unsuitable diet wasn’t enough to prevent Connor Bell from reasserting his status as the best Under-18 discus thrower in the World at the Micronesian Athletics Championships in Vanuatu.

The product of Westlake Boys’ High School threw 64.47m in confirming his spot at the Junior Olympics in Argentina in October. If Bell repeats that throw he will break the youth Olympic record.

However Bell wasn’t entirely happy with his performance.

“64.47 is my third best throw. Last year at Secondary School Nationals I had two better throws of 65.63m my PB and 64.90m. I’m striving to throw 70-metres by the end of the year,” Bell complains.

He needed just three throws at the schools nationals in Hastings to break the meet record, with Auckland Grammar School’s Herman Metuaiviivitoa second and Wellington College’s Sean Howe third.

In March this year he won the College Sport Auckland senior discus title by a dozen metres, throwing a meet record 62.33m.

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