'It's a very small chance' – NZ Athletics refuse to rule Jacko Gill out of Comm Games inclusion

Kiwi shot putter Jacko Gill is a very small chance of competing in April's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, NZ Athletics' high performance director Scott Goodman says.

Gill, 23, was ruled out of competition for six months in December, suffering myocarditis , inflammation of the heart that hinders the ability to pump blood around the body.

However, he could be a surprise inclusion in New Zealand’s athletics contingent, Goodman told 1 NEWS today.

"His management and Jacko himself have asked us to nominate him," he said.

"He's got another scan in the first week of March. He's of the opinion that if he's given the all-clear, he would like the opportunity."

"It's a very small chance, but if he's not nominated and selected, then in his mind there's no chance."

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High performance director Scott Goodman says that the shot putter could recover from his heart scare. Source: 1 NEWS



Watch: Valerie Adams ready to return to competition ahead of Commonwealth Games

Dame Valerie Adams says she's ready to return to shot put ahead of this year's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, having been provisionally named in New Zealand's 15-strong squad for the April games.

Adams, 34, is one of two shot putters named in the squad, returning to competition for the fist time since the birth of daughter Kimoana in October.

Speaking to 1 NEWS today, Adams said that her intention was always to make it to the Commonwealth Games, where she'll seek a fourth consecutive gold medal.

"I knew before I had baby that I was keeping myself as fit as possible to try and come back for the Commonwealth Games," she said.

"It was just a matter of getting through the first couple of weeks, and seeing what motherhood was all about."

With just two months until the games, Adams says she's nearing full fitness, first targeting a strong performance at the New Zealand National Athletics Championships.

"I feel pretty good."

"I'm not exactly in competitive nick right now, but every week has been a progress for us."

"We have targets in place that we've set for ourselves."

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The shot put legend headlines NZ's 15-strong team for the Gold Coast. Source: 1 NEWS

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Dame Valerie Adams included in NZ athletics' Commonwealth Games squad

Kiwi shot putter Dame Valerie Adams has been conditionally included in New Zealand's athletics squad for this year's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, headlining a 15-strong team for the April games.

Adams, 34, is looking to create history at the games, targeting an unprecedented fourth consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal.

However, Adams' inclusion is provisional, having given birth to daughter Kimoana in October, she will need to first compete at the New Zealand National Championships.

Veteran 1500m runner Nick Willis is another notable inclusion, in what will be his fourth games.

World shot put champion Tom Walsh will be looking to go one better than his silver medal from Glasgow 2014, looking to bring his 2017 form into the new year.

Olympic pole vault bronze medallist Eliza McCartney has also been named, after an injury plagued 2017 that saw her struggle with an Achilles tendon issue.

"This is an extremely strong and exciting team and one which we have very high hopes for on the Gold Coast," said New Zealand Olympic Comittee CEO Kereyn Smith.

"There's a fantastic mixture of athletes and disciplines within this group, ranging from the likes of seasoned campaigners Dame Valerie Adams and Nick Willis to Games debutants such as Cameron French and Brad Mathas. We're also naming three pole vaulters which is a fantastic representation of the growth of this sport within New Zealand."

"New Zealand has won a staggering 127 athletics medals at the Commonwealth Games and I look forward to these athletes adding to our proud athletics legacy on the Gold Coast."

NZ Team:

Shot put: Valerie Adams (conditional), Tom Walsh
20km race walk: Alana Barber, Quentin Rew
10,000m: Camille Buscomb
Pole vault: Eliza McCartney, Olivia McTaggart, Nick Southgate
400m hurdles: Cameron French
Discus: Marshall Hall (provisional)
Javelin: Ben Langton Burnell
800m: Brad Mathas, Angie Petty
1500m: Nick Willis
Hammer: Julia Ratcliffe (conditional)

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New Zealand's Valerie Adams competes in the Women's Shot Put Qualifying Round
New Zealand's Valerie Adams competes in the Women's Shot Put Qualifying Round Source: Associated Press