Australian women’s Rugby 7’s and men’s Archery teams have secured quota spots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after strong performances in Europe this weekend, marking the first quota spots secured by Australians this year.
The Rugby and Archery teams join Equestrian (Dressage team, Jumping team and Eventing team), Sailing (470 men, 49er FX women, Laser men and Nacra 17 mixed) and Shooting (Trap women and Trap men)
In athletics news, Kelsy Barber threw a PB of 65.61m in the women’s javelin at the Oceania Championships in Townsville to record a Tokyo 2020 qualifying throw. She won the Oceania title by 7 metres and the distance moved her up one place on the all-time list to 4 in the world for 2019.
Perth’s Elizaveta Parnov set a new pole vault PB of 4.60m in Townsville, clearing her previous PB by 4cm and her third PB this year, moving her from sixth to equal fourth on the Australian all-time list, passing just one athlete – her Aunty Tatiana Grigorieva, who was watching on at the competition.
In the Prefontaine classic in Europe, Diamond League debutant Jessica Hull clocked a Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifier of 4:02.62 and became the fourth fastest in Australian history.
Australian talent has shone brightly at the World Triathlon Series in Montreal over the weekend with Emma Jackson, Jaz Hedgeland, Matt Hauser, and Jake Birtwhistle all recording Top 10 finishes.