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Steve Hooker falls short in pole vault
10:42 AEST Sat Aug 11 2012

Steve Hooker didn't make it over the bar to defend his Olympic title, but Australian tweeters were behind him every step of the way.

Hooker was trending in Australia on Saturday morning, with scores of fans sending him their commiserations.

Comedian Magda Szubanski tweeted: "#london2012 watching #stevehooker trying to overcome his own demons. love him even more for having had the "yips" love him win or lose".

Despite not making it over the bar at all in the final, Hooker says he gave it his best.

"I gave it as good a crack as I could ... it just didn't quite happen, but it was close," said Hooker, recently beset by injury and a self-confessed case of the yips.

"The physical side of things, the mental side of things, I have had every issue that you can imagine to overcome."

Swimmer Libby Trickett had to overcome her own disappointment during the Olympics when she missed selection for the 4x100m freestyle final and had these words for Hooker: "Oh @stevehookerpv. This wasn't your year but you are a champion. All of Australia is proud of you. Keep your head held high."

@mattymahon tweeted: "Not first time this Games big mixed emotions. Shattered for @stevehookerpv The guy is both legend and gentleman #doneitall"

Hooker stayed with other eliminated competitors to cheer and watch Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie jump 5.97 metres to take the gold and break his Olympic record.

@Chuckboat tweeted: "If only more people were as gracious in defeat as @stevehookerpv #ClassAct #London2012"

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