World indoor long jump champion Fabrice Lapierre jumped a massive 8.78m (+3.1) to successfully defend his national long jump crown in the highlight performance of the 2010 Australian Championships at Perth's new athletics track.
With trademark gold chain in mouth, he celebrated a wind-assisted leap that only Americans Mike Powell, Bob Beamon and Carl Lewis, Soviet athlete Robert Emmiyan and Cuban Ivan Pedroso had surpassed (with Pedroso's jump also being wind-assisted).
Lauren Boden (now Wells) clears a barrier in the heats of the 400m hurdles at the 2010 Australian Championships in Perth. Boden would easily win the final in 55.86 seconds.
In front of his adopted home crowd in Perth, Steve Hooker cleared 5.80m to win the 2010 Australian pole vault title.
“It was good conditions to jump high today so I’m a little bit disappointed that I didn’t jump as high as I maybe could have,” Hooker said.
“Every time I go out there I’m trying to jump as hard as I can, I’m not worried about who l’m jumping against, it’s just trying to do the best jump that I can do and hopefully that gets me to big heights.”
Another home town hero was Ben Offereins, who celebrates as he crosses the line for victory in 45.17 seconds in the 400m. John Steffensen (45.72s) and Joel Milburn (45.75s) claimed the minor medals.
Brendan Cole eases up as he crosses the line in the heats of the 400m hurdles. The Victorian would claim gold in the final in a time of 50.64 seconds.
The field in the 1500m sprint to the line in a classic, tactically run championship race. 19-year-old Ryan Gregson claimed his maiden national title in 3:44.99 ahead of training partner Jeff Riseley (3:45.15), with Jeremy Roff third (3:45.37).
“If I’d had a bad race today I would have come fourth or fifth, that’s how competitive it is now and it’s great, we’re all going to continue getting better together and then one of us is going to make a breakthrough and we might get a medal or something like that," Gregson said.
Dani Samuels (now Stevens) was dominant in the discus, recording a winning throw of 63.61m. The 2009 world champion would later withdraw from the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India, citing security concerns.
Flamboyant and outspoken sprinter John Steffensen made a mark on and off the track. He lined up in the heats wearing a neon pink outfit, having discarded a provactive t-shirt that proclaimed "In John we Trust."
Steffensen had accused Athletics Australia of "bullying, egotism and an outdated approach'', with the Olympic silver medallist later being banned by the national body for three months for bringing the sport into disrepute.
Katherine Katsanevakis sprints to the line ahead of Madeleine Pape and Trychelle Kingdom to take out the 800m title.
Former junior talent, Hayley Butler (nee Cameron), returned to the track after motherhood and claimed the national 100m hurdles title in 13.25 seconds (+2.0) to book her ticket to the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Melissa Breen won her first national title with victory in the 100m, recording a time of 11.50 seconds (+0.2).
High quality performances were recorded in the field by Benn Harradine in the discus (62.26m) and Kim Mickle in the javelin (60.66m).
Eloise Wellings outclassed a small field to claim the national 5000m title with a run of 15:23.53.
Aaron Rouge-Serret claimed gold in the 100m with a run of 10.32 seconds (+0.4) ahead of Matt Davies (10.44s), Jacob Groth (10.45s) and Australian record holder Patrick Johnson (10.47s).
Kaila McKnight out sprinted Bridey Delaney and Zoe Buckman to win the 2010 Australian 1500m title in a time of 4:17.99.
Taking advantage of the excellent conditions for athletics, Lachlan Renshaw claimed his second national title in the 800m, running 1:46.66 to beat home James Kaan (1:47.04) and James Gurr (1:47.16).