February 28, at the Capital Classic in Wellington, New Zealand Eleanor Patterson, broke the 31-year-old Australian women’s high jump record.
Patterson went over the bar at 1.99m, bettering the previous national mark of 1.98m set by Vanessa Ward in 1989 and equalled five years later by Alison Inverarity.
The 23-year-old earned gold during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games at 1.94m. She finished eighth during the following year’s Beijing World Track and Field Championships with a 1.92m leap.
She is the joint holder of the world youth best and holds the record for the Oceania junior record as well as the Australian record.
The Tokyo Olympic standard is 1.96m. The world record by Russian 2.09 Stefka Kostadinova form 1987 continues to stand.