Chelsea Jaensch has soared onto the list of Australian athletes to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with a leap of 6.70m at the 2016 Canberra Track Classic.
Jaensch’s jump sees her join Victorian Brooke Stratton at Rio, with Australia being represented by two women long jumpers for the first time since the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games.
“I was so surprised. I thought the jump was so ugly,” said Jaensch. “It reiterates that sometimes what you feel and what it is are so different.”
“It shows that you just have to get it done. I was in shock, but it takes the pressure off now.”
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In one of the best finals in recent history, Stratton and Jaensch battled it out with the Victorian recording a new personal best jump of 6.94m – just six centimetres short of Bronwyn Thompson’s 14 year old Australian record.
It was the second time in two weeks Stratton had recorded a personal best after delivering a 6.79m jump at the ACT Athletics Championships.
The jump at the Canberra Classic now moves the 22 year old to second on the Australian All-Time List.
It is also a jump that would have won bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games and placed her fifth in the final at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
“It’s pretty crazy to think how the last two weeks have gone,” Stratton said.
“I am absolutely ecstatic about it, but that’s what makes it so special.”
Canberra Classic produces top performances
The impressive results continued on the track with Ella Nelson also recording personal best times as she took out both the women’s 100m and 200m finals.
In the 100m Nelson narrowly beat out national record holder Melissa Breen and Toea Wisil with a time of 11.42.
The New South Wales sprinter then backed up the win with a stellar 22.53 run in the 200m final to add a second Rio 2016 standard.
It is the fastest since Melinda Gainsford-Taylor in 2000.
“The confidence I have now is amazing,” said a pleased Nelson.
“The time from the other week made me so excited and it made me wonder what I could do.”
“We had a plan to get through the 100m into 200m double, and the aim was 22.72 when I got back out there, so we are pretty happy to know that I ran 22.53 today.”
- Michelle Jenneke ran 13.07 (w: +1.7) to win the women’s 100m hurdles. Brianna Beahan placed second in a personal best time of 13.17, with Abbie Taddeo third
- Lauren Wells took out the women’s 400m hurdles with a season best time of 56.39
- Eleanor Patterson cleared a season best 1.91m to win the women’s high jump
- Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Kelsey-Lee Roberts posted a sixth round throw of 59.02m to claim the women’s javelin