Three more Australian track and field athletes are Oregon bound, with Tokyo Olympic bronze medallists Kelsey-Lee Barber and Ash Moloney, as well as World Athletics Indoor Championships silver medallist Eleanor Patterson named as the newest additions to the Australian team heading to the World Athletics Championships this July.
Barber (javelin throw), Moloney (decathlon) and Patterson (high jump) will join the 13 other athletes selected following the Australian Track and Field Championships last fortnight.
As the reigning world champion from the Doha 2019 edition of the championships, Barber receives the wild card entry to Oregon. It was in Doha that Barber recorded her personal best throw of 67.70m, becoming the first woman from the Southern Hemisphere to win a gold medal in the javelin throw at the World Championships.
Australian fans last saw Barber compete on the world stage at the Tokyo Olympics, where she threw a clutch final throw of 64.56m that carried her to bronze. Barber will be looking to add her third consecutive medal from a major championships with another history making performance in Oregon.
“It’s always really nice to have an automatic selection or a wild card in place, because with that, comes comfort in my programming and planning, and trusting the process as I work towards the World Championships,” Barber said.
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