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Pole vaulter Hooker upbeat about Olympics

SYDNEY: Australia’s Olympic champion Steve Hooker said he was encouraged by finishing sixth in his latest pole vault competition at the Rome Diamond League meet, reports said Friday. In his second international competition since returning from a bout of the runway “yips” that forced him out of the Australian domestic season, Hooker Thursday cleared 5.42 metres, 58 centimetres short of his personal outdoor best. “I’ve come here and I’ve done some good training. The body is feeling good and I’m working with the physio over here,” Hooker told the Athletics Australia website. “I had a really good warm-up. Everything went according to plan up until 5.60m where I had that stop on the first attempt, which probably cost me.” Hooker said he would be working on further improvement for his next competition in Munich on June 5. afp

From http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C06%5C02%5Cstory_2-6-2012_pg2_6

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