Perseverance has paid off for youthful high jumper Joel Baden who cleared the automatic qualifying height of 2.29m in late June as the end of qualifying period approached. Baden had clearances during the year at 2.25m and 2.24m twice, but 2.29m had been elusive until he travelled to the warmth of Cairns on June 26.
Between 16 and 18-years his best gradually rose from 2.12 to 2.20m. It earned him a berth at the 2014 IAAF world juniors where he made the final. Seemingly his first experience on the international stage spurred him on as three months later, at a schoolboy meet in Melbourne, he cleared an extraordinary 2.29m. This clearance delivered him a qualifier for the 2015 IAAF world championships where as a teenager he performed well clearing 2.26m and was just one height short of a finals berth.
Baden is coached by the very best, Sandro Bisetto, who guided Australia’s finest ever high jumper, Olympic bronze medallist and national record holder Tim Forsyth.
When he is not leaping great heights, Baden is studying science at Melbourne University.
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High Jump Men
Geelong, VIC, Australia
Victoria , VIC, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut.
- 1st (High Jump) - 2016 North Queensland Championships (Cairns, Australia)
- 4th (High Jump) - 2016 Australian Athletics Championships (Sydney, Australia)
- 3rd (High Jump) - 2016 Sydney Track Classic (Sydney, Australia)
- 2nd (High Jump) - 2016 Perth Track Classic (Perth, Australia)
- 8th (High Jump) - 2015 IAAF World Championships (Beijing, China)
- Competing in the high jump at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, 2015.
- Setting a record and personal best of 2.29m at the APS Finals at Albert Park in Melbourne, 2015.
- Winning the high jump at the Australian Uni Games with 2.26m on the Gold Coast, 2015.
- St Thomas Catholic Primary School, VIC, Australia
- Melbourne Grammar School, VIC, Australia
- Bachelor of Science - Melbourne University (2015 - )
Sandro Bisetto (2012 - current)
Melbourne University Athletics Club, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS)
Primary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Too many
- Favourite music
- Electro House/Experimental Music
- Personal Motto
- "No limits"
- Star Sign
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Table Tennis
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Artur Partyka - 2.37m Jump
- Why this sport?
- It's the closest human attempt at unaided flight.