By Chris Barclay - Olympic hopeful Elizabeth Lamb extended her unbeaten record in trans-Tasman high jump competitions this summer but unhelpful weather conditions in Melbourne have stymied her attempt to clear the qualifying mark required for London.
Lamb added the Melbourne Track Classic title to her collection in an event which doubled as Australia's selection trials for London 2012, but her winning height of 1.83-metres was well short of the 1.95m she needs to compete at her first Olympics.
With the selection cut-off on July 8, Lamb still has plenty of opportunities to make the qualifying standard and for starters will be hoping for friendlier conditions when the New Zealand track and field championships are held in Auckland from March 23-25.
She recorded her personal best of 1.90m in Hamilton last month, 2cm short of the national record.
Olympian Stuart Farquhar renewed his rivalry with Commonwealth champion Jarod Bannister and again finished second best to the Australian, whose best of 82.97m was exactly 2m superior.
Tom Walsh, New Zealand's second-ranked shot putter behind teenage sensation Jacko Gill, took bronze in his event with a best of 18.11m, one of his most impressive efforts of the season.
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Men.-800m B: Johnny Rayner (Aust) 1m 49.63s 1, Darcy Sutton (Aust) 1m 49.74s 2, Andrew Rotich (Kenya) 1m 50.06s 3, Brad Mathas (NZ) 1m 50.16s 4.
1500m: Ryan Gregson (Aust) 3m 38.51s 1, David Torrence (USA) 3m 39.32s 2, Nick Willis (NZ) 3m 39.77s 3, Hamish Carson (NZ) 3m 45.95s 8.
5000m: Craig Mottram (Aust) 13m 18.58s 1, Collis Birmingham (Aust) 13m 22.30s 2, Ben True (USA) 13m 26.56s 3, Jake Robertson (NZ) 13m 29.71s 4, Carson 14m 00.73s 12.
110m hurdles: Siddhanth Thingalaya (India) 14.13s 1, Ben Khongbut (Aust) 14.29s 2, Michael Tysoe (Aust) 14.42s 3, Brent Newdick (NZ) 14.85s 5.
400m hurdles: Brendan Cole (Aust) 49.39s 1, Tristan Thomas (Aust) 50.23s 2, Michael Bultheel (Belgium) 51.30s 3, James Mortimer (NZ) 51.84s 5.
3000m steeplechase: Youcef Abdi (Aust) 8m 35.29s 1, Peter Nowill (Aust) 8m 35.76s 2, James Nipperess (Aust) 8m 41.94s 3, Brett Tingay (NZ) 9m 12.56s 8.
Shot put: Dale Stevenson (Aust) 20.16m 1, Emanuele Fuamatu (Samoa) 19.46m 2, Tom Walsh (NZ) 18.11m 3.
Discus throw: Julian Wruck (Aust) 61.54m 1, Benn Harradine (Aust) 60.51m 2, Scott Martin (Aust) 54.67m 3, Marshall Hall (NZ) 50.60m 6.
Javelin throw: Jarrod Bannister (Aust) 82.97m 1, Stuart Farquhar (NZ) 80.97m 2, Joshua Robinson (Aust) 78.97m 3.
Women.-200m: Sally Pearson (Aust) 23.02s 1, Monice Brennan (Aust) 23.93s 2, Hayley Butler (Aust) 23.93s 3, Monique Williams (NZ) 24.75s 6.
800m: Tamsyn Manou (Aust) 2m 2.64s 1, Katherine Katsanevakis (Aust) 2m 5.32s 2, Angie Smit (NZ) 2m 5.60s 3.
1500m: Kaila McKnight (Aust) 4m 10.52s 1, Zoe Buckman (Aust) 4m 10.62s 2, Bridey Delaney (Aust) 4m 15.74s 3, Camille Buscomb (NZ) 4m 19.66s 7, Hannah Newbould (NZ) 4m 23.96s 9.
100m hurdles: Pearson 12.49s 1, Yvette Lewis (USA) 13.22s 2, Butler 13.47s 3, Fiona Morrison (NZ) 13.88s 4.
3000m steeplechase: Victoria Mitchell (Aust) 9m 57.85s 1, Genevieve LaCaze (Aust) 10m 14.86s 2, Milly Clark (Aust) 10m 17.63s 3, Fiona Crombie (NZ) 10m 41.20s 5.
Triple jump: Linda Allen (Aust) 13.70m 1, Nneka Okpala (NZ) 12.84m 2, Josie Nichol (Aust) 12.82m 3.
High jump: Elizabeth Lamb (NZ) 1.83m 1, Ashleigh Reid (Aust) 1.80m 2, Jane Doolittle (Aust) 1.75m 3.
Melbourne Track Classic Full Results DAY ONE DAY TWO