WAIS javelin thrower Kim Mickle has claimed a confidence
boosting competition win in Belgium as she steps up her preparations for the
2012 London Olympic Games.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist threw 60.77m to
win the KBC Night of Athletics title in Huesden.
Mickle didnít have her most consistent night, with four of
her throws registering fouls, but the sevn time national champion was still
able to set a winning mark with her fourth throw, which eclipsed the efforts of
Spainís Bora Nicet (58.15m) and Franceís Sephora Bissoly (53.24m).
The weekend was a busy period of international track and
field, with WAIS athletes Ben Offereins and Steve Hooker both in action at the
IAAF World Challenge in Madrid.
Offereins ran in the menís 400m, finishing sixth behind
European one-lap champion Kevin Borlee. Offereinsí time of 46.55sec was also
bettered by his Australian 4x400m relay teammate John Steffensen, who ran equal
second in 46.45.
Olympic champion Steve Hooker didnít have the best of
nights, entering competition in the menís pole vault at 5.50m, the 29 year-old
missed two attempts before raising the bar to 5.60m, where he was also
Fellow WAIS pole vaulter Liz Parnov will compete this week
at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Spain where the Olympic qualified vaulter will
be considered among the medal favourites.