‘Unbelievable’ bounce wins Australian Eleanor Patterson excessive bounce gold medal at World Championships
Eleanor Patterson has claimed the gold medal withinside the women’s excessive bounce on the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
The 26-12 months-vintage turns into simply the 10th Australian to obtain an athletics international name, becoming a member of the likes of Cathy Freeman, Dani Samuels and Sally Pearson.
Patterson soared 2.02metres to win on countback in advance of Ukraine’s Yaroslava Mahuchikh (2.02m) and Italy’s Elena Vallortigara (2.00m).
The feat equals the country wide and Oceania information set through compatriot Nicola Olyslagers (nee McDermott) on the 2020 Olympics staged in Tokyo closing 12 months, making Patterson simply the second one Australian lady to clean the two-metre barrier.
Olyslagers completed 5th withinside the occasion with a season’s nice bounce of 1.ninety six metres.
With three-time international champion and reigning Olympic name-holder Mariya Lasitskene blocked from the opposition due to World Athletics’ ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes, the highlight in advance of the occasion quickly grew to become to Mahuchikh to take domestic the gold medal. But matters did now no longer cross her manner on Wednesday (AEST).
Patterson momentarily stumbled at 1.ninety eight metres and 2.00 metres earlier than clearing 2.02 metres on her first try to take the lead withinside the very last. As Mahuchihk didn’t higher 2.04m, she exceeded the Leongatha neighborhood the gold.
After making the Olympic very last closing 12 months, Patterson completed 2d on the World Athletics Indoor Championships in advance withinside the 12 months with a bounce of 2.00 metres.
The standings installation an thrilling segue into subsequent week’s Commonwealth Games for Patterson, who will grace the excessive bounce occasion in Birmingham.
Patterson became the Commonwealth champion in 2014, prevailing as an 18-12 months-vintage, however did now no longer absorb the possibility to shield her name in 2018 after in short retiring from the sport.