Three NSW athletes selected for the Paris Olympics

Published Mon 15 Apr 2024

14 April 2024

Three NSW athletes selected for the Paris Olympics

Following the Australian Track and Field Championships, 14 athletes, including three from NSW were announced in the first wave of athletics selections for the Paris Olympics.

High jumpers Nicola Olyslagers, Eleanor Patterson and middle-distance athlete Jessica Hull were selected for Paris. Both Nicola and Jessica are named for their second team, while Eleanor is going to her third Games. We also recognise the selection of Michelle Jenneke who is formerly from NSW and competes for Queensland.

Nicola Olyslagers confirmed her selection today winning her fifth consecutive National high jump title with a championship record height of 2.01m. She is in the best form of her life this year with four wins from as many starts, equalling her National record in Canberra and winning the World Indoor title.

After her win today she spoke about not feeling great going into today’s competition after a heavy training block.

Eleanor Patterson rebounded from her indifferent form this year, which saw her withdraw from the World indoors, clearing an excellent 1.95m. She has an incredible championship record with four medals from four events in the last few years.

Wollongong’s Jessica Hull was named in the 1500m, and on her fifth team in the last 13 months and eighth team since the Tokyo Olympics. She is the only Aussie to have been on every Australian team since Tokyo.

Marathon athletes for the Olympics will be announced in May and the final team of as many as 70 athletes will be named in early July.

David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW

Image: Nicola Olyslagers, Eleanor Patterson and Jessica Hull (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)