- Created on 10 February 2012
Australia's former world champion Dmitri Markov believes every pole vaulter experiences the doubts that have threatened Steve Hooker's Olympic title defence.
Markov says Hooker has made the right decision to step away from Australia's domestic season to try to regain his confidence before it is too late to qualify for the London Games.
''The decision he's done is good if he decides he's not confident and if he is scared of something,'' the 2001 world champion said. ''If he was still to compete, sometimes you can get [worse] because you've just lost confidence.''
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