Pole vaulter Boyd keeping worlds faith
25 March 2013
ATHLETICS: Commonwealth Games pole vault champion Alana Boyd is confident she'll secure an A-qualifier for this year's world championships despite missing out at the Queensland Track Classic on Saturday.
Boyd, who cleared 4.50m at the Perth Track Classic last week, was hoping to reach the 4.60m A-qualifying mark for this year's worlds in Moscow but could only clear 4.40m in Brisbane.
The 28-year-old made three attempts at 4.50m at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre but was unsuccessful as she tried to replicate her form of last year when she set an Australian record of 4.76m.
"Obviously my best is well above that so I'm disappointed not to jump higher tonight," Boyd told AAP.
"Conditions were pretty good and I had a good jump at 4.40m which I was really happy with and if I had have repeated that again 4.60 would have been there. Sometimes that's the way it goes."
Boyd could still reach the world championships even if she fails to reach 4.60m, with her B-qualifier meaning a win in the Australian championships in Sydney next month would book her spot to Moscow.
But she was confident it wouldn't be that hard to get onto the Australian team.
"I've jumped 4.50m in my first two meets so it's all there," she said.
"It's just a matter of putting a few things together and ... going out in competition to be confident to do it. It'll come."
Boyd was one of the few top Australian athletes in action at the Queensland meet after local hero Sally Pearson and long jumper Mitchell Watt both withdrew from the contest.
Olympic 100m hurdles champion Pearson is nursing a hamstring complaint and won't compete in Australia before heading to Europe in late May to begin her world title defence.
Olympic long jump silver medallist Watt skipped the meet after cramping badly on his first attempt at Perth.
The lack of depth in Saturday's field was highlighted by Boyd's competition in the women's pole vault, with all three of her rivals, including American former NFL cheerleader Kat Majester, eliminated before Boyd had even attempted a jump.
Sprinter Josh Ross won the 100m with a 10.28 but was left frustrated after his blocks shifted at the race start.
"I've lost a good couple of feet there," Ross said.
"I thought I'd run at least a 10.1 tonight with the conditions. Bit disappointed with it."
Local triple jumper Linda Leverton - chasing an Australian record of 14.04m - posted a 13.80 as her impressive form this summer continued.
Other impressive performers on the night included Fabrice Lapierre, who reached 7.96m to win the long jump while Victorian Institute of Sport athlete Luke Cann threw a new national under-20 record of 76.58m in the javelin.
The next stop in the national athletics series is the Melbourne World Challenge on April 6.