Australia boasts a new national long jump record holder after Brooke Stratton soared to 7.05m (w: +2.0) to take victory at the 2016 Perth Track Classic.
Eclipsing the 14-year-old mark of Bronwyn Thompson, Stratton’s performance betters the then personal best of 6.94m she set at the Canberra Track Classic last month and adds a third Olympic Games standard to her outstanding Australian athletics season resume. The result is a world lead for both indoor and outdoor competition in 2016.
“I’m still struggling to believe it, it’s crazy. It’s been such a busy season so far, I came into the season with a PB of 6.73m and the seven metre mark was so far away, but to have been able to jump it tonight, wow, I honestly can’t believe it,” Stratton said.
“I knew the jump was there, I just had to get it all right. The conditions were perfect here. Perth put on a show and I was able to jump as far as I did. I was very excited to see the conditions here. I’ve been to Canberra a few times this year, but this track is just as good. The sun was out and the winds were amazing.”
The former record holder Thompson was thrilled by the news of Stratton’s performance, and looks forward to the new generation of Australian jumpers competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games later this year.
“I’m so very pleased for Brooke. It’s great to see an Australian out past the seven metre mark. She is an exciting talent, and I can’t wait to see how she will perform in Rio,” Thompson said.
Brooke competed for Knox Little Athletics Centre as a junior athlete.