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Mumma concerned for Ollie's head graze…. Part of the #LACAZE cheer squad today. So much love for em ❤️ @dmlacaze @tom_linenberg #fam #rio2016

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Back at the track! @jumpyofficial feeling very confident of getting some air time on the @7olympics coverage! #GoJumpy

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Looking for some redemption…

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Evening session in Rio (Wednesday morning in Australia)

Brandon Starc (NSW) soared into the men’s high jump final with a season best 2.29m on his final jump in the qualifying round.

Coached by Alex Stewart, the 22-year-old will be looking to fly even higher in the final, to commence at 9:30am AEST. Tim Forsyth is the only Australian to have ever jumped higher at an Olympics, which he did in 1992 to win bronze and 1996 to place 7th.

Starc, the first Australian athlete to make the men’s high jump final in the 20 years since Forsyth, said of the achievement, “It’s a great honour. Hopefully I can inspire some younger guys in Australia to pick up high jump and maybe make the Olympics one day.”

On his aspirations for the final, Starc continued, “Anything can happen in the final. It should be interesting.

“I think I’m in good shape to jump well, I’m hopefully better than last year. I think I’ve matured and grown as an athlete since then.”

The Special K’s – Kim Mickle (WA), Kathryn Mitchell (Vic) and Kelsey-Lee Roberts(ACT) are up in the qualifying round of the women’s javelin throw. Mickle is back after serious shoulder surgery following last year’s world championships, and the Commonwealth Games champion and 2013 world championship silver medallist is eager to show she has made a strong recovery. Mitchell has been in great form in Europe and Roberts is also looking to make the next step in her international career. All three are capable of securing a spot in the final.

Olympic debutants Brooke Stratton (Vic) and Chelsea Jaensch (Qld) line up in the women’s long jumpJaensch, a star junior, won her first nationals title at 14. Returning to the sport after a nine year break, the 31-year-old has been ‘all systems go’ since 2012.Stratton’s PB is an Australian record at 7.05m, set in March this year. After a strong world indoor campaign where she finished 5th, a spot in the final is the immediate goal for the 26-year-old who is coached by her father Russell.

Lauren Wells (ACT) will race the women’s 400m hurdles semi-final evening race, looking for a fast time a spot in the final.

Ella Nelson (NSW) will run in semi-final 2 in the women’s 200m event after her impressive heat run yesterday. A challenge has been issued to Australian record holder Melinda Gainsford-Taylor to post a video of her cheering for Ella this time.


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