Frayne to make Diamond League debut
18 May 2012
IAAF world indoor long jump silver medallist Henry Frayne (Qld) will make his Samsung Diamond League debut in Shanghai (CHN) on Saturday night, in the men’s triple jump.
His first hit-out since his medal winning performance in Istanbul (TUR), and the first of many on the road to London, the Olympic long jump and triple jump nominee hopes to come away from the event with a performance that will set him up well for planned future competition across the Diamond League.
“Heading to my first Diamond League event is pretty exciting, the top three guys from world champs will be there so it should be an interesting competition," Frayne said.
“At the same time I’m a bit nervous, I’m a little underdone to be honest but I am still confident that I can hit 17 metres and if I do then I will come away happy.
“I’m hoping feature on the Diamond League a bit as the Games approach, with the plan so far including New York in early June before three weeks of training in Cologne. Beyond that I would love to start in Paris, London and Monaco, then head to camp in Tonbridge, but we will have to see what happens.”
Ninth placed on his Australian Flame debut at the IAAF world championships last year, Frayne’s 2012 domestic campaign saw the 21-year-old win the long jump in Brisbane (7.91m) and Sydney (8.27m) and the triple jump in Hobart (16.90m) and Perth (17.14m).
He also won the long jump at the Qantas Melbourne Track Classic & Olympic Trial with an 8.09m leap and the triple jump with a qualifying mark of 17.23m to secure his nomination to the Australian Olympic Committee for both events.
One week later, Frayne joined an Australian team of six at the IAAF world indoor championships where he won a silver medal in the men's long jump, his first at a major international championship, with an Australian and Oceania indoor record leap of 8.23m.
Frayne continued: “Istanbul was such an unbelievable experience; the timing of it was quite good because it sat only a week after what I had planned to undertakedomestically anyway and to come away with a medal was such a huge confidence boost heading into an Olympic year.
“Realistically at the end of domestic competition I was thinking that a final in London would be a result that I was happy with, but after performing so well at world indoors I am starting to believe that I am in the mix for a medal if I perform at the best of my ability. That prospect alone makes the build up to the Games so much more thrilling.”
Frayne is a training partner of two-time world championship medallist Mitchell Watt (Qld) under the guidance of Gary Bourne at the National Jumps Centre at the Queensland Academy of Sport.
It is here that Frayne has developed his technique to deliver personal best performances in the long jump and triple jump this year, and where he has rehabilitated from a minor hamstring injury in recent months.
Frayne said: “My rehab after world indoors where I tweaked my hamstring has been great and now we are all systems go with Gary out at the QAS. The squad has shrunk a bit with the domestic season ending so it’s just me and Mitch for the most part and we will see the form he is in when he has his first big event at the New York Diamond League.
“From what I know of myself, and from what I have seen from Mitch, we are both inpretty solid shape and it will be a great year. We have been so lucky to have the support of great medical teams and sports science facilities at the QAS with that ensuring that we will go to the Games in as good a form as we can.”
Set to make their 2012 international debuts in Shanghai alongside Frayne is Steve Hooker (WA) in the pole vault and 2009 world champion Dani Samuels (NSW, discus). Middle distance Olympic nominees Jeff Riseley (Vic, 800m) and Kaila McKnight (Vic, 1500m) are set to join the duo after competing at the Coloful Daegu meet.