http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/mitchell-watt-qualifies-second-for-long-jump-final/story-e6frf9if-1226127336569Mitchell Watt competes in the long jump in Daegu. Mitchell Watt qualifies second for long jump final John Salvado
September 01, 2011 2:21PM
AUSTRALIAN gold medal favourite Mitchell Watt has qualified in second place for the men's long jump final at the world athletics championships.
After making a hash of his first attempt, the Queenslander got the job done with a leap of 8.15m in the second round on an extremely hot morning in Daegu, South Korea.
The only man to jump further than Watt in qualifying competition was defending world champion Dwight Phillips (USA) with 8.32m.
The other two Australians, reigning Commonwealth and world indoor champion Fabrice Lapierre (7.89m) and Robbie Crowther (7.74m), were eliminated.
West Australian Kim Mickle successfully advanced to the women's javelin final in eighth spot with a throw of 60.50m.
The leading qualifier was Germany's Christina Obergfoll with 68.76m.
Australia's dreadful run in the track events in Daegu continued when the men's 4x400m relay team was run out in the heats.
With John Steffensen being rested, the lineup of Ben Offereins, Steve Solomon, Tristan Thomas and Sean Wroe could do no better than fifth in the slower of the two heats in three minutes 01.56 seconds.
Australians Craig Mottram, Collis Birmingham and Ben St Lawrence were all eliminated in the 5000m heats.
Mottram, the bronze medallist in this event six years in Helsinki, was representing Australia on the track at a major championships for the first time in three years.
He trailed home in 13th place in the opening heat in 13:56.60, three spots behind his former training partner Birmingham (13:47.88).
St Lawrence was 11th in the second heat in 13:51.64.
The fastest qualifier for Sunday's final was 2007 world champion Bernard Lagat from the US (13:33.90).