Michelle Jenneke could be going to the Commonwealth Games after winning the 100m hurdles at the Queensland Track Classic on Saturday.
She attracted world attention in 2013 as the dancing hurdler but Michelle Jenneke could be about to make international headlines for her running, not her dance moves.
After Jenneke notched her second consecutive B-qualifier in the 100m hurdles at the Queensland Track Classic on Saturday, Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson backed her as a real chance to join her at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Pearson and her fellow hurdler Shannon McCann will almost certainly represent Australia at the Games from July 23, but Jenneke could become part of the first three-woman team this country has sent since 1990 when Jenny Laurendet, Jane Flemming and Glynis Nunn-Cearns competed in Auckland.
Pearson did not compete in the hurdles at the Queensland State Athletics Centre on Saturday, leaving Jenneke to claim victory over Britain’s Louise Wood with a time of 13.23 – 0.13 of a second off the A-qualifying standard.
Jenneke, who captured the world’s interest with her dancing warm up routine last year, could well achieve that result at the Australian Athletics Championships in Melbourne next month.
“I would absolutely love to get to the Commonwealth Games,” she said.
“I’ve put forward a good case.
“I’m really looking forward to being in a senior international team.”
With two personal bests under her belt, Jenneke could be rated a chance of getting to the A-qualifier standard, even if she doesn’t think it will happen.
“I don’t think that’s (within) reach at the moment,” she said.
“But I could possibly get another personal best at the nationals.
“I’m coming off a bit of a peak, hopefully that pushes me faster.”
And while she is not a household name for her running, yet, Jenneke is happy to continue to be known as the dancing hurdler.
“It’s good to have the profile,” she said.
“It’s opened up a lot of doors, a lot of opportunities.
“I’m not the best (hurdler) in the world yet.”
Perhaps the biggest door it opened allowed her to grab the attention of Pearson, who was very complimentary of Jenneke’s run on Saturday.
“It was fantastic, wasn’t it?”, Pearson said.
“Her times are definitely coming down. We actually might have three hurdlers for Australia at the Commonwealth Games, I don’t know when the last time that was.
“That would be really exciting, it won’t be so lonely out there.”
Pearson opted to focus on the 100m at the Queensland event, improving on her performance in Melbourne last week with a winning time of 11.27.