LEADING Australia medal hope Steven Hooker has finished a disappointing ninth in the men’s pole vault at the world athletics championships.

Hooker’s only two successful clearances came at 5.51m and 5.76m. He then passed at 5.81m, had two failed attempts at 5.86m and missed again with his last remaining vault at 5.91.

Brad Walker of the United States won with a clearance of 5.86m.

France’s Romain Mesnil also cleared 5.86m but Walker won as he took fewer attempts.
Germany’s Danny Ecker was third with a clearance of 5.81m.

Hooker topped the 2006 world rankings after his best-ever season, including gold at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and the World Cup.

The other highly rated Australia vaulter, Paul Burgess, bowed out in Thursday’s qualifying round.

The 25-year-old Hooker has an impeccable sporting pedigree.

from: http://www.foxsports.com.au/breaking-news/hooker-bombs-out-in-pole-vault/story-e6frf33c-1111114321415

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