July 26, 2012
Australia's Kimberley Mickle throws during the Diamond League meet in London. Picture: AFP Photo: AFP
London: Kim Mickle threw the javelin so hard at last year's world championships she ripped a muscle from the bone and broke a rib. She called it a niggle. She's that sort of woman.
Mickle's sport of choice could have just as easily been football or AFL or basketball, she is adept at all. Indeed if party tricks were an Olympic sport, Mickle would represent Australia.
A clip of her on YouTube shows her bag of tricks: kicking a goal with a footy from outside the boundary line, kicking a drop punt, then kicking a banana to show it is no fluke; she throws a basketball the full length of the court and drains it through the basket; she then does the same with a footy only it clips the ring of the basket; she keeps a football off the ground like Lionel Messi.
''It's older-brother syndrome. I literally grew up thinking boys and girls had the same ability,'' Mickle said this week from the athletes' training camp in Kent. ''When I found out that girls couldn't kick a footy as far as the boys I started playing with it. When I played basketball my problem was throwing it over the backboard because the court's not big enough for me.''
Mickle is one of many throwers Australia has who can reasonably mount a medal case. The 27-year-old from Perth recently posted a personal best 64.12 metre throw.
''I still don't feel like those comps were great either, so to throw some really consistent throws in competition and not be happy with them is a good place to be in,'' she said.