Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre, 28 February 2009
Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker recorded his sixth straight victory of 2009, with his leap of 5.95m easily defeating Olympic silver medallist Yevgeniy Lukyanenko (5.45m) of Russia.
Hooker cleared 5.60m, 5.80m, and 5.95m before having three unsuccessful attempts at a new Australian record height of 6.10m.
“There were quite good conditions at the end of the competition, and I started to get on some pretty decent poles,” Hooker said.
“I thought I was a real chance of jumping 6.10m but it was just stand placement which cost me on my second attempt.”
Tristan Thomas moved to equal second on the Australian all-time list in the 400m hurdles with a run of 48.87s, defeating a strong field that included Beijing bronze medallist Bershawn Jackson (49.06) and Commonwealth Games champion LJ van Zyl (50.02).
Sally McLellan ran a strong back straight for the Australian 4x100m team (1st, 44.00) and later in the meet easily took out the 100m (11.39, -1.7) and 100m hurdles (12.84, +0.7).
Asafa Powell anchored the Jamaican 4x100m team to victory in meet record 38.62 seconds, while the Australian quartet of Patrick Johnson, Josh Ross, Aaron Rouge-Serret and Matt Davies clocked a creditable 38.92s in second place. Powell also contested the 400m, finishing fourth in 45.94s behind Sean Wroe (45.28s).
Dual Olympic medallist Jared Tallent broke the Australian 5000m race walk record previously set by Nathan Deakes (18:45.19) in 2006. Finishing second behind Mexican Eder Sanchez (18.40.11), Tallent clocked 18:41.83.
To round out the night an ecstatic Ryan Gregson set a new Australian junior record in the 1500m, overcoming Mike Hillardt’s long standing mark of 3:39.67 set way back in 1981. Gregson stopped the clock in 3:37.24 seeing him finish third behind Bahrain’s Yusuf Saad Kamel (3:36.72) and Collis Birmingham (3:37.01) in a race that had the crowd on its feet.