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Hooker leads A-standard weekend for Australian athletics


Olympic champion Steve Hooker is among one of five athletes to have recorded their first A-qualifier for London over the weekend.

After skipping the domestic season Hooker cleared 5.72m in a dynamic indoor competition within his custom built indoor training facility provided by his sponsor Red Bull.

Joining Hooker on the A-qualifier list was national 1500m record holder Ryan Gregson (3:33.92), javelin thrower Kathryn Mitchell (62.46m), shot putter Dale Stevenson (20.63m) and 20km walker Chris Erickson (1:22:20).

Gregson’s performance was the second fastest of the 22-year-old’s career behind his 2010 mark of 3:31.06 and will almost certainly see him added to the Olympic team after his masterful victory at the Melbourne Track Classic, which doubled as the Olympic trials.

For Mitchell the performance came as a relief after a throw of 62.51m at an Athletics Victoria Shield meet earlier this year wasn’t sanctioned as a legitimate qualifying performance.

Elsewhere at the World Walking Cup in Saransk, Russia, Jared Tallent took the bronze medal in the 50km in 3:40:32 behind local athletes Sergey Kirdyapkin and Igor Erokhin.

Photo by Mark Watson/Red Bull.


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