Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Boyd Leaps into World Event Start

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Boyd Leaps into World Event Start

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TRACK & FIELD: It may not have been a PB but a 4.60m clearance to win the national pole vault title has been rated one of the best leaps made by two-time Commonwealth Games champion Alana Boyd.

The Alexandra Headland 30-year-old booked her berth in the Australian team for the IAAF World Championships at Beijing in August with the effort at the Australian Athletics Championships at Brisbane on Saturday night. "My dad (Ray Boyd) said that jump was one of the best I've ever done so that's nice to know," she said.

Ray should know. He's Alana's coach but he's also highly regarded in the sport.

The 64-year-old won the 1982 Commonwealth Games pole vault gold medal in Brisbane and 11 Australian titles. He is also a two-time Olympian. Boyd (pictured) broke the 16-year-old championship record of Emma George to win her fourth Australian title.

She beat rising star, West Australian Nina Kennedy (4.20m), and Melissa Gergel (USA, third, 4.20m).

Boyd had already passed the world championships qualifying mark of 4. …

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