Burra ambassador on a high

Leongatha’s Eleanor Patterson with Burra Foods CEO Stewart Carson. Patterson won gold in the high jump at the World Championships in the US. Photo by KARLI DUCKETT

Burra Foods brand ambassador Eleanor Patterson is the new women’s high jump world champion.

The Leongatha local and former Commonwealth champion produced a stunning career best and equalled the Australian record of 2.02 metres to win the gold medal on July 22 at the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

This makes Patterson Australia’s 10th track and field world champion.

Her performance in the United States was an improvement of 2cm on her previous personal best and a goal she had been working towards for some time.

She upstaged the crowd favourite, Ukraine’s Yaraslava Mahuchikh, who took away the silver medal.

Patterson and Mahuchikh were the only athletes to clear 2.02m. The Australian achieved it with her first jump, while the Ukrainian needed two attempts.

“This is a stunning win for our local girl who we are excited to watch compete in the Commonwealth Games,” Burra Foods said.

The Birmingham Commonwealth Games will run from July 28 to August 8.