Australian jumping duo Brandon Starc and Henry Frayne have made welcome returns to form and fitness in the leadup to the world athletics championships in Doha.
Starc was the standout Australian performer at the Birmingham Diamond League meet on Sunday, winning the high jump with a best clearance of 2.30m.
It was easily the best performance in 2019 for Starc, who soared to prominence last year when he won gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and equalled Tim Forsyth's longstanding national record of 2.36m.
"I'm pretty happy. Before this the season's best was 2.25m and I won this last year with 2.23m. I was ready to come back and jump high again," Starc said.
"That performance has pushed my confidence way up."
Versatile distance runner Stewart McSweyn continued his impressive 2019 campaign by finishing second in the 1500m in Birmingham.
McSweyn clocked three minutes 35.21 seconds, less than a 10th of a second behind Uganda's Ronald Musagala.
"I won here last year and I got an indoor national record here back in the indoor season so outside Australia this is my home course," said McSweyn, who will contest the 1500m and the 5000m at the world championships beginning in late September.
"My best chance of being up and in the medals for Doha will be in the 5000m but I'll be doubling up and doing the 1500m and the 5000m.
"If I stay healthy, there's no reason why I can't do something special in Doha."
After enjoying a rare injury-free season in 2018 which included a Commonwealth Games long jump silver medal, the 29-year-old Frayne has again struggled with leg injuries in 2019.
But he has always been a rare talent, as proved once again when he jumped 8.19m at a low-key meet in Spain on the weekend in his first competition of the year.
It bettered the automatic qualifying standard for the world titles by 2cm.
The Australian world championships team will be finalised in early September.
Australian Associated Press