Lo­cal jumper Hall has eyes firmly set on Lon­don Olympics

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport - by Michael Thompson michael. thompson@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au Thurs­day, March 17, 2011 Townsville Bul­letin

FRESH from achiev­ing the south­ern hemi­sphere’s sec­ond best high jump in 2011, Townsville’s Josh Hall now has his sights set on Olympic glory.

The 20-year-old jump­ing sen­sa­tion achieved a leap of 2.26m at the re­cent Vic­to­rian Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships and is primed to go even higher at the Townsville Sports Re­serve to­mor­row night. It’s hoped Hall will reach the nec­es­sary heights re­quired for qual­i­fi­ca­tion in the 2012 Lon­don Olympics.

But with the Olympics still more than 12 months away Hall has more im­me­di­ate goals to ac­com­plish, in­clud­ing an Aus­tralian ti­tle and qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the world cham­pi­onships later in the year.

‘‘ I’m try­ing to back up what I did in Mel­bourne and it’s a chance to get some con­sis­tency around my jump­ing,’’ Hall said.

‘‘ Ba­si­cally in Mel­bourne I was jump­ing but tech­ni­cally it wasn’t great so we’re just try­ing to see if we can per­fect that tech­nique.

‘‘ If that fixes up I can even get higher, it’d be amaz­ing to do that.’’

The Aus­tralian high jump record is 2.36m and Hall’s im­pres­sive 2.36m leap al­ready guar­an­tees him a spot at the World Stu­dent Games in Au­gust.

North Queens­land Ath­let­ics de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Cameron Clayton said to­mor­row’s meet will be held specif­i­cally for Hall in or­der to pre­pare him for a competition di­ary that in­cludes n a t i o n a l m e e t s i n P e r t h a n d Mel­bourne-based events.

Clayton said the competition in Mel­bourne about the mid­dle of May will act as Hall’s qual­i­fier for the world cham­pi­onships, and also a chance to to win the Aus­tralian ti­tle from south Queens­land ri­val Liam Zamel-Paez.

‘‘ Josh has been in much bet­ter form than Liam so far this sea­son so we need to help main­tain and de­velop this form fur­ther for him,’’ he said.

Hall’s lat­est achieve­ments come on the back of a run of dis­rup­tions to his prepa­ra­tions ear­lier in the year, in­clud­ing a torn hip flexor that pre­vented him from train­ing for about two weeks.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the l o c a l a t h l e t i c s s c e n e v i s i t www. ath­let­ic­snorthqld. org. au

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