ALL eyes will be glued to TV sets right across South Gippsland on Thursday, August 18, 2016 (10am Rio time) for the qualifying heats of the Women’s High Jump to see how Leongatha’s 19 year old sensation, Eleanor Patterson, figures in her first Olympics.
Eleanor won the Australian championship on Sunday, April 3 to confirm her place on the team with a clearance of 1.90m, well below her personal best of 1.96m, but still good enough to take a clear win in the Australian senior title; a fantastic achievement in its own right.
Second was Zoe Timmers of WA with a clearance of 187 cm and an unsuccessful crack at the Olympic A Qualifying height of 1.93m, where Eleanor also dipped out, going oh so close to getting over on several occasions.
Should Eleanor get through the qualifying round, the women’s Olympic high jump final is set down for 9.30am on Sunday morning, August 21 (Rio time 8.30pm Thursday, August 20).
Starting the sport at a young age, Eleanor Patterson first made a name for herself when she won gold at the 2013 World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine.
She followed this with gold at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games while completing her final year of schooling, with a clearance of 1.94m. The following year she went on to become the first Australian female in 24 years to make the high jump finals at the World Championships. Patterson placed 8th in Beijing with 1.92m, as the youngest athlete in the field at 19 years-old.
Everyone wishes Eleanor all the best with her training over the next few months and hopes she has a great experience in Rio. Anyone going to Rio?