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Brandon Starc of NSWIS clears 2.28m at the Athletics Nationals to secure selection for the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.

ATHLETICS: Having ended a long Australian drought in men's high jumping, teenager Brandon Starc will be front and centre for one of the best events at the world athletics championships.

Sally Pearson of Australia poses for a portrait during an Adidas press conference at the Grand Marriott Hotel ahead of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships on August 7, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

ATHLETICS: After having her aura of invincibility sorely tested during a string of recent defeats, Sally Pearson is feeling like her old self again.

Sally Pearson of Australia crosses the line win the Women's 100m Hurdles during day two of the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games - IAAF Diamond League 2013 at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on July 27, 2013 in London, England.

ATHLETICS: Sally Pearson breathed a big sigh of relief after making a triumphant return to the London Olympic stadium by winning the 100m hurdles at the Diamond League Anniversary Games.

Sally Pearson celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women's 100m Hurdles Final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

Australian hurdler Sally Pearson returns to London's Olympic stadium where she won gold a year ago hoping "happy memories" will spark a return to form ahead of next month's IAAF World Championships.

Kimberley Mickle of Western Australia competes in the Women Javelin Throw Open during the Adelaide Track Classic at Santos Stadium on February 16, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia.

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.

Dani Samuels of NSWIS competes in the Discus during the Sydney Track Classic at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on March 9, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

Former discus world champion Dani Samuels threw her second best mark of the year and Olympic Champion Sally Pearson is getting quicker as she returns from injury.

London 2012 Olympic Champion Sally Pearson.

ATHLETICS: Olympic champion Sally Pearson (Qld), Australian half marathon record holder Collis Birmingham (Vic) and former world champion Dani Samuels (NSW) were the best of the Australians at Round 7 of the IAAF Diamond League in Birmingham late this evening, as a green and gold contingent of nine battled it out with the world’s best.

London 2012 Olympic Champion Sally Pearson.

ATHLETICS: Olympic champion Sally Pearson (Qld) hasreturned from injury in style by clocking 12.67 (w: +0.9) to win the women’s 100m hurdles at the Ostrava Golden Spike, as Brett Robinson (ACT) staked his claim for IAAF World Championships selection with a B-Qualifier in the men’s 5000m.

London 2012 Olympic Champion Sally Pearson.

ATHLETICS: Olympic champion Sally Pearson makes her long-awaited return to racing this week, just as the global 100m hurdles scene has undergone a dramatic change.

Fabrice Lapierre of Australia competes in the men's long jump final at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium during day six of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 9, 2010 in Delhi, India.

ATHLETICS: Long jumper Fabrice Lapierre has booked his spot on the Australian team for the world championships in Moscow in August.