Fresh off the back of her silver medal-winning performance in Tokyo, Nicola McDermott continued to shine by winning the high jump event at the Paris meet of the 2021 Diamond League series.
In doing so, the 24-year-old became just the third Australian woman to win a Diamond League meet with a jump of 1.98m, to narrowly pip Olympic Gold medalist Mariya Lasitskene into first place.
Having previously come close to winning a Diamond League meet, Nicola was elated to be standing at the top of the podium having finished third in the previous meet in Lausanne, Switzerland.
“The Diamond League win for me was so special. Not just because it came against the best jumpers in the world, but because it was a test of perseverance after competing only two days beforehand in Lausanne”, she said.
Recent achievements have elevated Nicola into the national spotlight and the Gosford-native is determined to continue her success in the next few years.
“I have never beaten the Olympic Champions (Lasitskene) before, so to do it under these circumstances has taught me just how powerful it is entering into a competition with the right mindset and heart. I am hoping to get used to winning in Paris before the 2024 Olympics occur”.
Since winning Silver in Tokyo, Nicola returned to Europe to complete the 2021 Diamond League circuit with two more meets scheduled in Brussels and Zurich this coming week.
While she has been busy preparing for these events, the girl who grew up idolising Croatian high-jump great Blanka Vlasic has had little time to reflect on her exploits in Tokyo and her newfound national stardom.
“Each time I share my Olympic story here in Europe, I recognise more the impact this Olympic medal is having on people I meet. Their excitement causes me to reflect on what this means”.
“It has not fully sunk in yet, but I believe I will have time to properly reflect upon it once my competition season ends”, Nicola concluded.
Nicola returns to action this weekend at the Brussels Diamond League meet before rounding out her most successful Diamond League season in Zurich immediately afterwards on 8 September.
The entire team at WSM wishes her all the best for these events and is enormously proud of Nicola’s achievements and her continued pursuit of excellence which is having an inspiring impact across Australia.