Steve Hooker

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Steve Hooker
2008 Australian Olympic team Steve Hooker - Sarah Ewart cropped.jpg
Steve Hooker in 2008
Personal information
Full name Steven Leslie Hooker
Nickname(s) Hooksy
Nationality Australian
Born (1982-07-16) 16 July 1982 (age 36)
Melbourne
Height 187 cm (6 ft 1 12 in)[1]
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)[1]
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Pole vault
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 10​12 in) making him the third-highest pole vaulter in history,[2] behind Sergey Bubka and Renaud Lavillenie.

Hooker also has a personal best of 10.82 s in 100 m as an amateur sprinter.[3] He ran in the 2010 Stawell Gift.

Career[edit]

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.[4][5][6]

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.[7][8]

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 competed at the 2012 London Olympics and finished 14th after failing to vault a height in the final.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

During his career he was coached by Mark Stewart and Alex Parnov.[10]

He retired from athletics in April 2014, choosing to focus on his family, his wife Yekaterina Kostetskaya having given birth to their first son, Maxim, in 2013.[12]

Honours[edit]

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".[13] In October 2017, Hooker was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame as an athlete member.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Hooker attended Greythorn Primary School and Balwyn High School in Balwyn North, Victoria.

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.

Hooker was emotional after victory at the 2009 World Championships

Summary of athletic achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Australia
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Steve Hooker's profile at the IAAF site
  2. ^ Hooker’s rise continues - 6.06m in Boston
  3. ^ Steve Hooker to run in Stawell Gift
  4. ^ "Steve Hooker lives out his Olympic games dream". The Australian. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  5. ^ Evans, Simon (2008-08-22). "Hooker gives Australia pole gold". Reuters. 
  6. ^ Australian Associated Press (2008-08-23). "Aussie Hooker wins pole vault gold medal". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  7. ^ Nesha Starcevic (22 August 2009). "Hooker wins pole vault gold at worlds". USATODAY. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  8. ^ Hooked on Success. Inside Athletics (September 2009 edition). [1]. Retrieved 7 October 2009.
  9. ^ "Steven Hooker". Athletics Australia Historical Results. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  10. ^ a b c "Steve Hooker's golden record vaults him into Hall of Fame". Sport Australia Hall of Fame website. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  11. ^ "Steven Hooker". IAAF website. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  12. ^ Australian pole vault star Steve Hooker retires. IAAF (2014-04-12). Retrieved on 2014-04-13.
  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.

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