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


Related articles

You might also enjoy reading our latest news:

Commonwealth Games was destiny for Canberra athlete Emily Brichacek

Minutes before the biggest race of her life, Emily Brichacek's coach, Ted McLean, took the Canberra athlete’s hand and placed an acorn in her palm.

Philanthropist pitches in to help Melissa Breen as Athletics Australia funding falls short

Australia’s fastest ever woman, Melissa Breen, has been given just a third of the funding she was expected to get – $4000 – prompting wealthy businesswoman Susan Alberti to again step in and do what her sport did not.

Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker to quit athletics

One of Australia’s greatest athletes will bid farewell to the sport on Saturday, albeit not in the fashion he had planned.

Record run by Stanford's Solomon could be just the start

Steven Solomon's record-breaking 400-meter run in Melbourne on Saturday was satisfying on many levels for both Solomon and Stanford associate head coach Jody Stewart.

Rising star Morgan Mitchell makes Australia's Commonwealth Games team

When you can do everything, doing any one thing can be the hardest part. Morgan Mitchell was spoilt for choice.


Not what you're looking for?
Custom Search