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Mickle stakes javelin world title claims

8 July 2013

ATHLETICS: Javelin thrower Kim Mickle has forced her way into world title calculations with a personal best effort to win the silver medal at the Diamond League meeting in Paris. 

The Western Australian capped a series of impressive throws with a new best of 64.35 metres with her final attempt to finish second behind Germany's Olympic silver medallist Christina Obergfoll (64.74m) on Saturday night. 

"I'm wrapped," said Mickle. "To be honest I wanted more. I felt incredible out there. 

"The 63s I hit consistently were actually 66-plus throws. They just went out a bit wonky." 

Mickle was delighted at the prospect of going to next month's world championships in Moscow rated among the leading contenders. 

"It's kind of cool," she said. "Worlds is a long way away though. 

"I have time to have another block of training. Every time I have another block I get better." 

Mickle's PB throw took her past London Olympian Kathryn Mitchell into third place on the Australian all-time list. 

Continuing her comeback from the injury which ruled her out of the domestic season, Mitchell managed a throw of 60.86m in the opening round to place fourth in Paris. 

Meanwhile Australia could well have a new name in women's distance running racing at the world championships after former American international Jackie Areson recorded a personal best and A qualifying mark of 15.12.09 to finish ninth in the 5000m in Paris. 

Areson represented the US at last year's world indoor championships but was recently cleared by the IAAF to compete for Australia. 

The 25-year-old US college graduate has dual citizenship due to having an Australian-born mother. 

"I am in the best shape ever," Areson said. "I'm a completely different runner than last year and I was really excited to get into this race. 

Areson was thrilled at the prospect of representing Australia in Moscow. 

"It's been something I've really wanted for so long," she said. "It's not something I just thought up in the last month. 

"I think of myself as Australian even though I have never lived there. 

"I was born in Hong Kong and lived there for 10 years but I was raised by a huge Australian family. I was last out there two years ago," added Areson whose time moved her to sixth on the Australian all-time list. 

AAP