December 19, 2010
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Amanda Bisk is this week’s track beauty!
The 24-year old is a mainstay of a crack Australian pole vaulting squad. Bisk had notched respectable 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the competitive Australian national championship in 2009 and 2010, respectively.
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At the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, the Western Australian athlete placed 6th (4.25m), behind compatriot Alana Boyd (4.40m). Bisk actually tied England’s Kate Dennison and two other athletes – who all made the same best mark – but lost on count-back.
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Since clearing 3.70m in 2005, The Australian has consistently re-written her personal bests year in and year out. In the last five years, Bisk had improved by an average of around 0.20m each year.
In 2010, the pole vaulter soared to 4.40m in Perth, her best performance to date. Mentored by the pole vaulting guru Alex Parnov (who also coaches the reigning World, World Indoor and Olympic Champion Steve Hooker and the prodigious Parnov sisters), Bisk has much potential to barge into the pole vault elite.