POLE vaulter Alana Boyd has soared into Rio Olympics award contention, outstanding her possess Australian record by 4 centimetres.
The twin Olympian and two-time Commonwealth Games champion privileged 4.81m on a Sunshine Coast on Saturday, bettering a inhabitant record of 4.77m she set in January.
The fantastic clearway was 6cm aloft than a bullion medal-winning symbol by American Jenn Suhr during a 2012 London Games. It also bettered a Oceania record of 4.80m that teenage Kiwi prodigy Eliza McCartney privileged during New Zealand’s inhabitant championships in March.
The outcome comes usually 3 weeks after Boyd finished her quip from an ankle damage postulated during March’s universe indoor championships.
The 32-year-old managed 4.55m in her initial accommodate behind and went on to transparent 4.60m during final weekend’s North Queensland Games, before Saturday’s large improvement.
She flies out on Friday to start her Europe debate brazen of August’s Games in Brazil.
Meanwhile, Australia is set to supplement another new face to a Olympics lane and margin fortuitous after Selma Kajan bettered a 800m subordinate customary in Barcelona.
The 24-year-old clocked a personal best of dual mins 1.27 seconds to turn a initial Australian lady to post a qualifier in a event.
It ensures a nation has during slightest one womanlike contestant competent in each Olympics lane eventuality for a initial time given Sydney 2000.
Among those still chasing a Rio entertainment qualifier is London Games 400m finalist Steve Solomon and 800m runners Alex Rowe and Brittany McGowan.
Solomon again fell only brief of a 45.40 aim in Switzerland over a weekend with a 45.91 finish.
He now has 8 days to get it finished before a subordinate duration shuts.
“I know a qualifier is within me,” Solomon wrote on his Instagram page.
“Two some-more races in a subsequent week before a gift duration closes on Jul 11th.
“It’s been a tough final few races though a certain comments and wishes meant so most and are so motivating.
“Let’s keep pulling brazen and see what we can do in a entrance days.”