Aussie Patterson wins high jump gold at World Championships

Eleanor Patterson became the 10th athlete from Australia to win world championship gold with a thrilling triumph in the women’s high jump in Eugene.

The 26-year-old took the lead on a scorching afternoon with a first clearance at 2.02m – improving her PB by 2cm and tying the national record in the process.

Ukraine’s Yarolsava Mahuchikh was the only other jumper to take the leap at 2.02m, but she needed two attempts to pull off the feat.

Mahuchikh and Patterson then each missed three times at 2.04m, ensuring Patterson would win the gold medal on the countdown.

Patterson became the first Australian woman to win a world or Olympic high jump title, while John Winter (1948 London Olympics) is the only Australian to achieve this feat.

Patterson first rose to prominence when she won the Commonwealth title aged 18 in Glasgow in 2014.

She endured ups and downs in the ensuing years before making the career-changing decision to partner with trainer Alex Stewart.

Fellow Australian Nicola Olyslagers, a silver medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, tied for fifth with a best clearance of 1.96m.

The competition was opened wide by the forced absence of three-time world champion and gold medalist from the Tokyo Olympics, Mariya Lasitskene.

All Russian and Belarusian athletes were banned from competing in Eugene due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Australian Stewart McSweyn gave himself every chance by coming out strong in the men’s 1500m final.

But he couldn’t keep up with the leaders on the final lap of a race that was won by Briton Jake Wightman in three minutes 29.23 seconds – the fastest time in the world this year.

Norwegian Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen was second in 3:29.47 and McSweyn was ninth in 3:33.24.

Australia’s Matthew Denny finished sixth in a high quality men’s discus final, with his best effort of 66.47m in the final round,

But no one could approach. Slovenian Kristjan Ceh won gold with a massive throw of 71.13m.

Teenager Calab Law (20.72) bowed as expected in the men’s 200m semi-finals and will now turn his attention to the world junior championships in Colombia.

Jacinta Beecher was also eliminated in the women’s 200m semifinals in 23.14.

Sarah Carli had no trouble qualifying for the 400m hurdles semifinals finishing fifth in her heat in 55.89.

As expected, world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of the United States topped the timesheets with 53.95.


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