WA's Steve Hooker qualifies for 2012 London Olympics


Reigning Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker will get a chance to defend his crown after qualifying for London in an abandoned railway warehouse in the outer suburbs of Perth.

Chasing an Olympic qualifying mark of 5.72m, Hooker cleared the height on his second attempt.

The WA Olympian petitioned to have a special event sanctioned by Athletics WA at his exclusive training facility at the Midland Railway Workshops, set up early last year by his sponsor Red Bull.

The state body's backing meant any results cleared at the meet would be officially recognised by international body the IAAF and would count towards Olympic selection.

Read the full story at the Herald Sun

Photo used with permission of copyright holders: Mark Watson/Red Bull Content Pool


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