19 August 2018
Starc edges towards national record
Brandon Starc’s 2018 campaign reached new heights overnight, literally, as he set a personal best and attempted a national high jump record.
After a lean 2017, Starc’s 2018 campaign has been nothing short of dazzling as he now finds himself one of the top-three athletes in the world.
Last night, in the Alexander Stadium at the Birmingham Diamond League, the venue which will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, he cleared a personal best 2.33m. In addition to the improvement in heights cleared, it is the way he has performed, like in many others competition this year, that stands out.
After successful clearances at 2.16m, 2.20m, 2.24m and 2.27m, he missed his first attempt at 2.30m, then passed to 2.33m and again missed on his first attempt. He had one more attempt remaining and faced the prospect of placing third with a height of ‘just‘ 2.27m, but he made a clutch jump clearance at 2.33m to take the lead and eventually the win.
He had raised his PB by one centimetre to 2.33m then passed 2.36m to take three attempts at 2.37m.
“I arrived into the UK on Monday to have a couple days to get over the jet lag and I think it was a great decision,” Starc said who was on his second tour of Europe this year.
“I felt ok going into the comp but as it began I started to feel quite good. The run up wasn’t quite perfect throughout the comp but it is a work in progress and in the end I got a decent one on the board for the 2.33.”
Deep into the competition, when he was attempting 2.33m and 2.37m, he had sorted out his runup.
“It wasn’t too bad (the 2.33m clearance) I think it was one of the better run ups of the comp and I took off in a decent position and got up there. I know I hit it and it wobbled, luckily it stayed on.
“My attempts at 2.37m were ok, and it was nice to have a look at it. Last attempt was the best but didn’t quite hit it the same.
“A PB and a diamond league win, can’t complain with that. Great start to this European trip!”
As he has done in previous Diamond League appearances he mixed it with the world’s very best, including disposing of European champion, Germany’s Mateusz Prybylko in Birmingham. With the world’s top-two ranked athletes finished for the year, Starc looks a strong podium hope, if not the top-step, for the Diamond League final and Continental Cup.
David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW
Image: Brandon Starc (image courtesy of Getty Images)