Eleanor Patterson

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Eleanor A. Patterson
Personal information
Nationality Australian,
Born (1996-05-22) 22 May 1996 (age 22)
Leongatha, Victoria
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Sport Track and field
Event(s) High jump
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) (2013)

Eleanor Patterson (born 22 May 1996) is an Australian track and field athlete who competes in the high jump. She has a personal best of 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) for the event. She is the joint holder of the world youth best and the outright holder of the Oceanian junior record. She was the gold medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2013 World Youth Championships in Athletics


Born in Leongatha, Victoria,[1] Patterson began competing in the high jump as a child. She competed in local events from the age of six and continued on with the Little Athletics programme.[2] She was runner-up at the national junior (under-20) championships in 2011, setting a personal best of 1.82 m (5 ft 11​12 in) at the age of fourteen. She returned the following year to win that title and improved to 1.87 m (6 ft 1​12 in) that November.[3]

In her first international competition she won the gold medal at the 2013 World Youth Championships in Athletics, setting a personal best of 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) to win by a margin of six centimetres.[4] In December she broke records at the Australian Schools Championships, clearing a height of 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) to equal the world youth best held by Charmaine Gale-Weavers (set in 1981) and Olga Turchak (set in 1984) and set a new Oceanian junior record. The 17-year-old had three attempts at the Australian senior record of 1.98 m (6 ft 5​34 in), but had three failures.[5]

Patterson was regularly over 1.90 m in the 2014 season, winning a fourth straight Australian junior title and taking her first senior national title at the Australian Athletics Championships. She also won at the Melbourne Track Classic meet with a jump of 1.92 m (6 ft 3​12 in).[3] She decided to miss the 2014 World Junior Championships in Athletics in order to represent Australia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games instead. The move paid off as she jumped 1.94 m (6 ft 4​14 in) to win the gold medal ahead of England's Isobel Pooley. This made the 18-year-old the third youngest Australian Commonwealth Games champion ever.[6][7]


  1. ^ Eleanor Patterson. Glasgow2014. Retrieved on 2014-08-02.
  2. ^ Patterson One-By-One. Spikes Magazine (2014-07-29). Retrieved on 2014-08-02.
  3. ^ a b Eleanor Patterson. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2014-08-02.
  4. ^ Australia's Patterson hits the heights. IAAF (2013-07-12). Retrieved on 2014-08-02.
  5. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2013-12-08). Patterson equals world youth high jump best. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-08-02.
  6. ^ Broadbent, Chris (2014-08-01). Bolt lights up Glasgow and Australia take three gold medals at the Commonwealth Games. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-08-02.
  7. ^ Bolt gets hero's reception for Games debut. SuperSport (2014-08-02). Retrieved on 2014-08-02.

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