Noffke's Olympic dream in question
LONG jump star Chris Noffke's London Olympics dream hangs on a knife edge after he came up short at a qualifying event in Melbourne on the weekend.
The Doonan athlete last week expressed confidence that an A qualifying jump of 8.20m was well within him at the Melbourne Track Classic and Olympic Trials on Saturday, but he could only manage 7.66m.
That was well below his personal best of 8.33m - set at the Delhi Commonwealth Games trials at Perth in 2010 - and only good enough for fourth place.
Queenslander Henry Frayne won the event with a leap of 8.09m.
At the moment, 2011 world championship silver medallist Mitchell Watt is the only long jumper guaranteed a spot on the team.
There is only one more spot available, with Noffke, Fabrice Lapierre, Robbie Crowther and Frayne chasing it.
Noffke is now setting himself for the national titles at Melbourne in April and a final tilt at making his first Olympic team.
"I'm confident I can get that distance (8.20m)," he said yesterday.
"I think it's just a matter of being patient for me.
"Not my strongest attribute, that's for sure.
"Right now I'm not as far off (peak form) as it might seem.
"I feel like I can get 8.20m relatively quickly, and maybe a bit more."
The 2005 World Youth Championships gold medallist will embark on some heavy-duty training before tapering off just prior to the nationals.
"I've got another chance in six weeks at the national championships, so I'll prepare my best and have a crack then," he said.
The Coast's newly-crowned Australian pole vault record-holder Alana Boyd finished in second place at Melbourne on the weekend behind Western Australian training partner Liz Parnov.
Both athletes cleared 4.45m, but Parnov won on a countback.