LEONGATHA golden girl Eleanor Patterson’s preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics are on track after a dominant win at the IAAF Melbourne World Challenge event at Lakeside Stadium on Saturday night.
The 19-year-old blitzed the field, clearing 1.93m on her third attempt, beating the next best competitor’s best effort of 1.83m.
She even attempted to beat her PB of 1.96m, but narrowly failed to clear 1.97m in three attempts.
Patterson had already qualified for the Olympics, after jumping 1.94m on the Sunshine Coast last July.
Her attention will now turn to next month’s
“I’m spewing I didn’t get it (personal best) but I’m very close and looking forward to the next jump,” Patterson told the Herald Sun.
“My first couple of jumps at 83 and 86 were really good and then I stumbled a little bit, but I just relied on remembering what I could do.
“It is a step in the right direction and I am feeling a lot better about that performance, I have been working really hard.”
The performance has Patterson talked up as a medal hope at Rio and continues her rapid rise since winning gold at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Olympic warm-up for Patterson