Patterson eighth in women’s high jump

Eleanor Patterson is one hard marker.


Becoming Australia’s youngest-ever finalist at a world athletics championships is some achievement.

Finishing eighth and holding her own against the greatest women’s high jumpers on the planet was something else again.

But the 19-year-old’s first emotion was extreme disappointment at bowing out with three narrow misses at 1.95m after successful clearances at 1.88m and 1.92m .

“Obviously I’m upset at the moment but you to have look on the positive side to be able to move forward,” said Patterson, who was in tears after the event.

“It just didn’t feel like I wanted it to in a lot of ways.

“I know I can jump so much higher, I know I can do a lot better and it’s just disappointing.

“I’m just disappointed in myself.”

Patterson largely eschews the traditional travelling life of an elite athlete, preferring to remain at home to train in her Victorian home-town of Leongatha under the watchful eye of coach David Green.

Her only two previous international competitions had produced gold medals at the 2013 world youth championships in Ukraine and at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

“I’m so lucky and so fortunate to have an amazing, amazing coach in David and he’s also an amazing friend as well,” she said.

“I’m so lucky to have him and I’m so lucky to have my family as well who constantly support me.

“I’m truly blessed.

“I’ll go away and regroup and come back stronger.”

She and Green have yet to decide whether they will continue to stay out of the limelight in the buildup to the Rio Olympics.

“I’m just going to work my butt off, that’s for sure,” said Patterson, who has a PB of 1.96m.

“I’m going to go back to the drawing board with David and we’re just going to work twice as hard.

“We already work very hard, there’s no doubt about that, but I’m just going to work twice as hard and come back stronger.

“It’s hurtful, that’s for sure, but it’s making me determined.”

Russian Maria Kuchina claimed the gold medal on countback ahead of evergreen Croatian Blanka Vlasic, and another Russian, reigning Olympic champion Anna Chicherova, after all three recorded a best clearance of 2.01m.

Vlasic is a two-time world champion who made her major international debut as a 16-year-old prodigy back at the Sydney Olympics.

“They’re the same as me,” said Patterson of her determination not to be overwhelmed on the big stage by the likes of Vlasic and Chicherova.

“They may be older, they may be more experienced, but I’m training just as hard and jumping just as high.”

Which augurs very well for an even better showing at the Rio Olympics.