Joshua Robinson qualifies for Rio Olympics with 85,11m (279' 2") PB

At the Western Australia Athletics Stadium, Joshua Robinson underlined his ambition to qualify for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil. The Australian javelin thrower Robinson from Queensland threw 85.11m to improve his personal best. Robinson is a two-time national champion and Commonwealth Games finalist who has not competed last year due to a knee surgery. Luke Cann placed second with 73.81m and Jake Stein 3rd with 55.46m.

It has been 8 years since an Australian javelin thrower has been throwing that far. In  February of 2008 Jarrod Bannister threw the Australian national record of 89.02m in Brisbane, Australia. But since then Australian Athletics has been waiting for some great results.

“I had a look at the video after the throw and it looked amazing. I’m over the moon. I started working with my coach Richard Brockett in 1999 and over an almost 18-year journey we’ve improved from a 45-metre best effort to this,” Robinson said.

“Today is my second competition over here in Perth. I came over for a bit of training with the throwers here, hit an 82-metre effort last weekend and have improved to 85.11m today. It’s been a great few weeks.

“The excitement aside, nobody is going to remember this performance at the Olympic Games. This is a great start to a Rio 2016 preparation but the hard work is still to come.”

His top 10 results in his career:

Javelin, 10 best results (legal):
85.11 1 Perth 14 May 2016
82.48 1 Melbourne 6 Apr 2014
81.08 4 Sydney 3 Apr 2016
80.73 2 Brisbane 20 Jan 2007
80.72 1 Sydney 17 Feb 2007
79.95 4 Glasgow 2 Aug 2014
79.92 2 Brisbane 24 Nov 2006
78.97 3 Melbourne 3 Mar 2012
78.96 1 Brisbane 31 Jan 2016
78.89 1 Sydney 19 Mar 2016
Average: 80.681