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High jumper Nicola McDermott became the first Australian to cross the 2 meter mark, setting a national record at the Australian Athletics Championships in Sydney.
Nicola McDermott becomes the first Australian woman to break the two-meter high jump barrier.
McDermott climbed 2.00m on Sunday, surpassing the previous mark of 1.99m set last year by her national rival Eleanor Patterson.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist made three failed 2.03m attempts.
McDermott and Patterson, who missed the Olympic trials with a leg injury, reached the Olympic qualification standard for the Tokyo Games.
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McDermott, 24, said she was inspired by a passage from the Bible written on her left wrist during this afternoon’s competition, which is also Australia’s Olympic selection test.
“What has been written is that fearless hearts are born in perfect love and that comes from Jesus and 1 John 4:18,” she said.
“It was my verse because I was always afraid of two meters.
“I knew that in my body I could do much higher, but the fear aspect of the high jump is what hits you in the mind.”
Meanwhile, Dani Stevens won a piece of Australian athletic history with her fourteenth women’s national record title.
By clinching gold with a best throw of 62.74 meters, Stevens became the first Australian to win the same event 14 times nationally.
She had previously been tied at 13 with now-retired triple jump Andrew Murphy, who led Rohan Browning to victory in the men’s 100-meter final on Saturday night.
Last year, there were fears Stevens would never pitch again after a gym accident forced her to undergo neck surgery on a bulging disc.
“I was back as close to 100 percent as I could have hoped for,” Stevens said.
“I feel like I have some power and speed in my arm that if it wasn’t close to 100 percent, it wouldn’t have.”
Stevens first rose to fame in 2019 when she became the youngest world discus champion at the age of 21.
She also won the silver medal at the 2017 world championships and would very much like to win her first Olympic medal in Tokyo, having finished fourth in Rio in 2016.
In other results, Jye Edwards propelled Australian middle distance star Stewart McSweyn to win the men’s 1,500 meter final.
As expected, national record holder McSweyn retired from the field at the start.
The most unexpected thing was that Edwards accompanied him and remained there throughout the race, before taking the lead down the stretch.
Edwards’ winning time of three minutes and 33.99 seconds secured him a place on the Australian Olympic team, while McSweyn (3: 34.55) had to choose between 1,500m and 5,000m, the Tokyo program did not allows you to participate in both. events.