Frayne and Bol book World Championships tickets
4 July 2017
ATHLETICS: Two-time Olympian Henry Frayne (Qld) and Rio Olympian Peter Bol (Vic) have recorded London IAAF World Championships qualifying standards in a big weekend for Australian athletics abroad.
Long jumper Henry Frayne has overcome a bout of injuries to put together a big jump of 8.21m (w: +1.8) to take the win and secure his first London 2017 qualifier at the Resisprint International meet in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
Forced to watch on from the sidelines due to back, calf and especially hamstring troubles over the past months, Frayne’s return to competition has been emphatic recording his second biggest jump ever after his PB of 8.27m.
Finding the board only twice in his set of six jumps, Frayne also recorded a jump of 8.04m in what was just his second competition this year after having to miss the Australian domestic season and Australian Championships due to injury.
The Gary Bourne coached athlete, who reached the final of the Rio Olympics last year and finished seventh, is now likely to compete at his third world championships.
If selected, Frayne will join 2016 Diamond League champion Fabrice Lapierre (NSW) as the two Australian long jumpers at the world championships.
Elsewhere in Europe, an impressive front-running display from Rio Olympian Peter Bol (Vic) has resulted in a personal best and a world championships qualifier in the 800m, running 1:45.21 for the win in Mannheim, Germany.
Despite the wet conditions, Bol produced his best to take the win and put himself in contention for a world championships debut.
The 23-year-old, who is coached by Justin Rinaldi in Melbourne has now moved up to equal seventh on the all-time Australian list for the 800m. Training partner Alex Rowe (Vic) finished 4th in 1:47.78.