Cricket star's brother to high jump into limelight
AUSSIE cricketer Mitchell Starc is quite happy to take the back seat and allow brother Brandon to steal the limelight - at least until the end of the Commonwealth Games.
Starc senior says his 20-year-old sibling jokingly whinges that he always gets the tag of "my brother" but he will happy for him to take all the attention as he goes for gold in the Commonwealth Games high jump final alongside Queensland's Nik Bojic in Glasgow tomorrow morning.
"I think it's only fair," Starc senior told the Sydney Sixers website.
"He keeps whinging about copping all of that, being 'my brother', but he's representing Australia at a Commonwealth Games, so I'm more than happy to be known as Brandon Starc's brother at the moment."
Both Starc and Bojic cleared heights of 2.20m in qualifying yesterday but there was a moment of panic for Starc as he appeared to have missed the cut as an unlucky 13th jumper to clear the qualifying mark.
But officials ruled 13, and not 12, jumpers would make the final.
Now he has made it, older brother Mitchell, says Brandon has a chance to get a medal alongside favourites Chris Baker from England and Canada's Derek Drouin.
"Brandon has been doing some good things in high jump for a number of years now," Mitchell said.
"He made his first World Championships team in 2013 in Moscow, he's been on the up and up and he is only a youngster.
"He keeps telling me he is jumping against guys who are a lot older and a lot taller than him and he still has a few years of growing left so it's exciting for him, and exciting for me as his brother to watch on and watch someone else do something.
"I think he is definitely confident that if he can jump a personal best (2.28 metres) he should medal, which is exciting for him."
Kim Mickle will also be going for gold tomorrow morning in the women's javelin.
The world championship silver medallist from last year will be the favourite ahead of the final after another good season.
She will have to watch out for England's Goldie Sayers and South Africa's Sunette Viljoen as she looks to go one better than she did in Moscow.
Steeplechaser Genevieve Lacaze will also be going for glory tomorrow morning in the 3000m steeplechase alongside compatriots Madeline Heiner and Victoria Mitchell.
The Aussie trio will find it tough to medal, though, with Kenyans Milcah Cheiywa, Purity Kirui and Joan Jepkorir the favourites to be in the medals.