Baden hits heights on road to Rio

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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Joel Baden has capped a long campaign by qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games with a 2.29m leap at the North Queensland Games in Cairns on Sunday. The first time clearance at 2.29m equalled his 2014 personal best and ranks him equal 13th in the world for 2016. Baden, a Bachelor of Science Student at the University of Melbourne and the holder of the Andrew and Geraldine Buxton Athletics Scholarship, awaits nomination to the Australian Olympic team to confirm his berth to Rio. His campaign for qualification, guided by MUAC coach Sandro Bisetto, lasted a full summer and nine competitions but Baden’s focus and determination paid off at Sunday’s competition. He took good attempts at 2.32m and will return to training at Melbourne Unviersity’s Rawlinson Track ahead of the Games.

In other competition, MUAC’s Isaac Hockey recorded two personal bests at the Bauhaus Junioren Gala in Mannheim, Germany in the lead up to the World U20 Championships in Bydgoscz, Poland. Hockey clocked 3:43.86 for second in the 1500m and backed it up with a second personal best, 1:50.24 in the 800m the next day. Sarah Billings won the 800m in 2:07.74 and Kathryn Brooks took third in the Javelin throwing 49.57m

North Queensland Games Results

Bauhaus Junioren Gala Results

AA wrap up:Baden

Nicole Jeffery: The Australian