Steve Hooker in 2008
|Full name||Steven Leslie Hooker|
16 July 1982 |
|Height||187 cm (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||75 kg (165 lb)|
|Achievements and titles|
|Olympic finals||2004 Athens Olympics, 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics|
Steven "Steve" Leslie Hooker OAM (born 16 July 1982 in Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian former pole vaulter and Olympic gold medalist. His personal best, achieved in 2008, is 6.06 m (19 ft 101⁄2 in) making him the third-highest pole vaulter in history, behind Sergey Bubka and Renaud Lavillenie.
Hooker won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with a vault of 5.96 metres, setting a new Olympic record, and making him the first Australian male track and field gold medallist in 40 years since Ralph Doubell won the 800 metres in Mexico City in 1968.
At the 2009 World Athletics Championships, in Berlin, Hooker won the gold medal despite a hamstring injury. On only his second jump, Hooker cleared 5.90 metres, to win the gold medal after missing 5.85 metres on his first attempt.
At the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, Hooker won the gold medal in the pole vault with a vault of 6.01 metres, a championship record.
At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Hooker won the gold medal in the pole vault.
Hooker joined six-metre club for the first time on 27 January 2008 at an outdoor competition in Perth, Western Australia with a vault of 6.0m. On 7 February 2009, at the Boston Indoor Games he set an Australian indoor record with a vault of 6.06m. Both heights were the Australian record at the time of his retirement.
During his career he was coached by Mark Stewart and Alex Parnov.
In the January 2009 New Years Honours List, Steve Hooker was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) "For service to sport as a Gold Medallist at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games". In October 2017, Hooker was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame as an athlete member.
His mother Erica Hooker was a 1972 Olympian and a 1978 Commonwealth Games long jump silver medalist. She also won nine national titles. His father Bill represented Australia in the 800 m and 4 x 400 m at the 1974 Commonwealth Games and won four national crowns.
He began his career with the Box Hill Athletic Club. His career started slowly, and he only went professional in 2006. He relocated to Perth, living on a very modest Australian Sports Commission allowance.
Summary of athletic achievements
|2000||World Junior Championships||Santiago, Chile||4th||5.20 m|
|2006||Commonwealth Games||Melbourne, Australia||1st||5.80 m|
|World Athletics Final||Stuttgart, Germany||5th||5.75 m|
|World Cup||Athens, Greece||1st||5.80 m|
|2007||World Athletics Final||Stuttgart, Germany||3rd||5.81 m|
|2008||World Indoor Championships||Valencia, Spain||3rd||5.80 m|
|Olympic Games||Beijing, China||1st||5.96 m OR|
|2009||World Championships||Berlin, Germany||1st||5.90 m|
|2010||World Indoor Championships||Doha, Qatar||1st||6.01 m CR|
|Continental Cup||Split, Croatia||1st||5.95 m CR|
|Commonwealth Games||New Delhi, India||1st||5.60 m|
- Steve Hooker's profile at the IAAF site
- Hooker’s rise continues - 6.06m in Boston
- Steve Hooker to run in Stawell Gift
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- "Steven Hooker". Athletics Australia Historical Results. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
- "Steve Hooker's golden record vaults him into Hall of Fame". Sport Australia Hall of Fame website. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
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- Australian pole vault star Steve Hooker retires. IAAF (2014-04-12). Retrieved on 2014-04-13.
- "For service to sport as a Gold Medallist at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games", It's an Honour, 26 January 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2013.