Alana Boyd

Alana Boyd (born 10 May 1984) is an Australian Olympic pole vaulter.

Alana Boyd
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Personal information
NationalityAustralian
Born (1984-05-10) 10 May 1984 (age 36)
Melbourne, Australia
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in) (2009)
Weight61 kg (134 lb) (2009)
Sport
CountryAustralia
SportPole vault
Medal record

The 2008 Australian Champion, Boyd was selected for the 2007 World Championships, but did not make the final.[1] She did not make the final at the 2008 Summer Olympics, but did at the 2012 Summer Olympics, where she finished in 11th place.[2] She also reached the final of the 2012 Indoor World Championships, finishing in 9th.[2]

Her personal best jump is 4.81 metres, an Australian record achieved in July 2016 on the Sunshine Coast.[3] She won the gold medal for the women's pole vault at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, which she retained at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.[4][5]

Alana's parents are both former Australian Olympians and her selection in the 2008 Beijing Olympics marks the first time a child of two former Olympians will compete in an Australian Olympic team.[6] Her mother Denise (née Robertson) won the gold medal for 200 metres at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton and ran in three Olympic finals.[7] Her father and coach Ray Boyd was also a Commonwealth Games champion and double-Olympic pole vaulter.[8] Alana has two siblings, who have also represented Australia internationally:[9] Jacinta,[10] a 6.64-metre long jumper,[11] and Matt,[12] a 5.35-metre pole vaulter.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Athletics Australia profile – Alana Boyd Archived 25 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "IAAF: Athlete profile for Alana Boyd". iaaf.org. Retrieved 8 August 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Alana Boyd breaks Australian pole vault record to surge into Rio medal running". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 July 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Boyd family makes history at Games, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Glasgow 2014 – Women's Pole Vault Final". g2014results.thecgf.com. Retrieved 8 August 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Herald Sun – Daughter follows parents into five-ring circus
  7. ^ Athletics Australia profile – Denise Robertson-Boyd Archived 25 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ AA profile – Ray Boyd Archived 26 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Courier Mail – Vaulting into pole position
  10. ^ "AA profile – Jacinta Boyd". Archived from the original on 31 July 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2008.
  11. ^ Fanzone Athlete Profiles: Alana Boyd Archived 23 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Athletics Australia.
  12. ^ AA Profile – Matt Boyd Archived 26 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Athletics Australia – 2008 National Rankings Archived 21 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine

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