Steven Hooker

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57cm x 62cm. Graphite and Charcoal drawing on 350gsm,  watercolour paper rough. Phil Carrero
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Steven “Steve” Hooker OAM is an Australian pole vaulter and Olympic gold medalist. His personal best is 6.06 m, making him the second highest pole vaulter in history, behind only Sergey Bubka.

Steve Hooker became Australia’s first ever Olympic pole-vault champion when he won gold at the Beijing Olympics as he set a new Olympic record of 5.96 metres.
He was also the first Australian male to win in track-and-field in 40 years and the first by an Australian in a field event since John Winter won the high jump in London 60 years before.
After disappointing in his first Olympic appearance in 2004 as he missed the final, Hooker began to assert his dominance in the pole vault in 2006 when he won gold at the Commonwealth Games and the World Cup final, finishing the year ranked number one in the world.
After creating history in Beijing, Hooker claimed the second highest jump in history when he jumped an Australian record 6.06m in Boston in 2009.
The world record remains in the hands of the Ukraine’s Sergey Bubka at 6.14m.
In 2010 he went on to win gold at the World Indoor Championships, Continental Cup and his second Commonwealth Games gold medal in Delhi.