Commonwealth high jump champion Eleanor Patterson has progressed to the final on day six of the IAAF world championships in Beijing, China.
“I was definitely ready. I’ve been waiting for a bit,” Patterson said.
Patterson passed at the opening height of 1.80 metres before clearing her first attempt at 1.89 metres.
“I’ve learned a lot from this, but now I am just going to get ready for the next one. I’m just keen to come back and get out there. It was a whole different experience, this competition. There were similarities to Glasgow, but you just have to stay calm.”
With the bar raised to 1.89m Patterson made a slight error, having to using a second leap to clear the mark.
Bouncing back at 1.92m Patterson made easy work of the height, enough to secure passage to Saturday night’s final. On count-back 13 athletes will feature in the final.
“I’m not focusing on anything too much here. It’s about relaxing and jumping how I know I can jump. I’ll work with my coach and do my best. I have to stay calm and jump, that’s what I love to do.”
In her first major senior international championships Brooke Stratton missed out on progressing to the long jump final with her best effort of 6.64 (w: +0.5) leaving her fourteenth place overall.
“14th in the WORLD at my first senior international championships, Absolutely shattered to have missed the final by 4cms, but I can’t complain with 6.64m! So thankful for all the support from family, friends and it was so special having @nathanbuschkuehl and @_paulastratton in the crowd cheering! Huge thank you to Russ for getting me here also! Time to enjoy the rest of my time in Beijing,” Stratton Instagramed.
VIS athlete Ryan Gregson was unable to progress to the 1500m semi-finals after finishing seventh in heat one of the 1500m with a time 3:43.66 minutes.
What: IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015
When: Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 August, 2015
Where: Beijing National Stadium – Bird’s Nest