Steve Hooker finally gets off the ground in Rome


Australia's defending Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker has finished equal sixth at the Diamond League meet in Rome.

Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie opened and cleared 5.60m before winning the event with a 5.82m clearance while compatriot Romaine Mesnil (5.72m) finished second on count back ahead of German Malte Mohr.

Hooker cleared the opening height of 5.42m on his first attempt before failing in three attempts at 5.60m.

The Victorian was competing in just his second international meet since returning from a bout of the `yips'.

Read the full story at the Daily Telegraph


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