Tauranga runner Joseph Millar will fly to Japan tomorrow with the New Zealand Men’s National 100m Relay Team in an attempt to qualify for this year’s Olympics in London.
Joseph became the fastest 200 metre runner in Australasia in April when he took out the 200m final at this year’s Australian Open Championship in Melbourne.
Joseph Millar wins the 200m at the Australian Open Championship.
Now, the 19-year-old from Papamoa will travel to Shizuoka, Tokyo with his relay team where track meetings will begin this Thursday.
The team will take to the tracks in the 28th Shizuoka International Meet, where they will run a relay of four 100m sprints, before competing in round three of the IAAF World Challenge – the Japanese Golden Grand Prix – in Kawasaki three days later.
Joseph’s father David Millar says the team has been training “hard out” in preparation for the trip.
The team also features Papamoa surf lifesaving sprint champion Kodi Harman along with Andy Kruy, Tama Toki, Isaac Tatoa and Carl Van der Speck.