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Hooker re-discovers pole vault form

24 August 2012

ATHLETICS: Steve Hooker has bounced back from his Olympic disappointment with fifth place in the men's pole vault at the Lausanne Diamond League meeting.

Australia's 2008 Olympic champion, who crashed out of the final of the London Games without a height, managed to clear 5.70m in finishing behind the winner France's Renaud Lavillenie, who broke Hooker's Olympic record just weeks ago.

Hooker entered the event at 5.50m which he cleared on his first attempt. Likewise when the bar was raised to 5.70m. He then failed at his first two attempts at 5.80m and then passed, before being unable to clear 5.86m.

Hooker, who had signalled his intention to regain form on the European circuit following his London disappointment said he was happy with his effort.

"I feel like the old me on the runway and I can't tell you how much I enjoy being out there with the guys," he said.

"In London I was a little off with timing. By no means am I saying I was going to be a medallist but I was in better shape than my results showed and want to prove that in the next week or so."

Meanwhile Australia's Kurt Fearnley finished just 0.13 seconds behind winner Switzerland's Marcel Hug in an exhibition wheelchair 1500m in the lead-up to the Paralympic Games.

And Australian Olympic finalist Benn Harradine finished eighth in the men's discus throw behind winner Estonia's Gerd Kanter.

AAP

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