Australia boasts a new national long jump record holder after VIS athlete Brooke Stratton soared to 7.05m (w: +2.0) to take victory at the 2016 Perth Track Classic.
Eclipsing the 14-year-old mark of Bronwyn Thompson, Stratton’s performance also betters the then personal best of 6.94m she set at the Canberra Track Classic and adds a third Olympic Games standard to her outstanding Australian athletics season resume. The result is a world lead for both indoor and outdoor competition in 2016.
The timing could hardly have been better, with Stratton about to head to Portland, Oregon as part of the eight-member Australian team for the 2016 world indoors.
In other results, Kathryn Mitchell added to the Olympic standard she threw at the IAAF Melbourne World Challenge and took out the women’s javelin with a best mark of 63.95m.