Six medal hopes for Australia

IT might not be fashionable these days for Olympic sports to publicly trumpet their medal targets, but Athletics Australia is happy to buck the trend.

A national high performance manager Eric Hollingsworth wants six medals in London.

He’s crunched the numbers and he reckons it’s going to happen. By virtue of what he calls “the best core of reliable top-end performers we’ve ever had”, Hollingsworth’s claim doesn’t seem outlandish even though the four-medal haul at Beijing in 2008 was the best by an Australian Olympic track and field squad in four decades.

Leading the way in London will be team captain and pole vaulter Steve Hooker, who has made a mockery of the seemingly arbitrary nature of his pet event by winning every major title on offer since claiming Olympic gold in 2008.

Discus thrower Dani Samuels, sprint hurdler Sally Pearson, long jumpers Mitchell Watt and Fabrice Lapierre and dual Beijing walking medallist Jared Tallent are also elite-level performers at the peak.

-AAP


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