THE IAAF World Challenge in Melbourne was the start of an athletic series of 14 World Challenges over six months in five continents.
The event featured several World Champions including America’s La Shawn Merritt (400m) and David Oliver (110m Hurdles), New Zealander Valerie Adams (Shot Put), Kenyan Eunice Sum (800m) and South Coast Athletics very own World (Youth) Champion, Eleanor Patterson.
Having featured in The Age and the Herald Sun this week, Eleanor Patterson did not disappoint the large crowd with another Commonwealth Games A qualifying performance of 1.92m.
In cool conditions with swirling winds, Patterson entered the competition at 1.80m with a clearance on her first attempt, likewise at 1.83m and 1.86m before taking two attempts to clear 1.90m then 1.92m.
Patterson was close to clearing the bar at 1.95m but had to be content with the 1.92m performance.
A large Leongatha contingent of family and friends was present to watch Patterson once again dominate the High Jump scene in Australia.
Patterson must now re-gather and focus on the Commonwealth Games trials (Australian Championships) which will be held at Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park from April 3 to 6.
A win at the trials would see Patterson gain automatic selection to the Commonwealth Games having fulfilled all other criteria as per the selection policy.