Fabrice Lapierre in the long jump at the IAAF World Indoor Championships (Getty Images) © Copyright
General News Melbourne, Australia

Australian squad of eight to compete in Portland

Eight athletes will represent Australia at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 on 17-20 March.

The team includes world silver medallist Fabrice Lapierre, who won the world indoor long jump title in 2010.

Alana Boyd, who recently set an Australian pole vault record of 4.77m, and distance runner Collis Birmingham are the only other team members to have previously competed at the World Indoor Championships.

“The IAAF World Indoor Championships provides a great opportunity for athletes ahead of the Olympic Games,” said Dion Russell, Athletics Australia chairman of selectors. “It’s a strong squad that we should be proud of.”

Australian team for Portland

3000m: Collis Birmingham, Brett Robinson
Long jump: Fabrice Lapierre

1500m: Melissa Duncan
60m hurdles: Michelle Jenneke
Long jump: Brooke Stratton, Chelsea Jaensch
Pole vault: Alana Boyd