Patterson, Olyslagers through to HJ final

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Eleanor Patterson was nervous on the inside and flawless in her execution.

Nicola Olyslagers did it much tougher, but came good when it mattered most and promptly burst into tears of relief.

But the bottom line was that Australia's two great medal hopes both advanced through qualifying on Saturday (early Sunday AEST) to stay right in the hunt for the women's high jump gold at the world athletics championships in Eugene.

Patterson, who claimed silver at the world indoors in Belgrade in March and also won the recent Stockholm Diamond League title, brought the better recent form-line into the championships.

And it showed.

She cleared all four of her qualifying heights at the first time of asking to advance to the final on Tuesday in equal first place.

"It took me a while to warm up and it wasn't until 1.93m that I actually ran through properly," said the 26-year-old Patterson.

"As much as it's an event where I've competed at this level a few times before, I still can't help but be a bit nervous and excited.

"But I handled it really well and stuck to my processes.

"I'm someone who doesn't show too much emotion but (it's different) on the inside.

"My coach had to tell me to stop being nervous and just let go."

Last year at the Tokyo Olympics, it was eventual silver medallist Olyslagers who was flawless in the qualifying round.

This time, she needed two cracks to get over at 1.90m and a clutch clearance at 1.93m to stay alive in the competition.

"Before that third attempt at 1.93 I thought, 'you're not in the final if you don't get this'," she told AAP.

"I'm the most colourful athlete I know and when there are no shouts, no claps, just silence, I felt in that moment that whatever happens I just have to put all my energy into getting my body over that bar.

"Then I got over it and I just started crying."

Joining the Australians in the final will be sentimental favourite Yaroslava Mahuchikh from Ukraine who, like Patterson, was perfect in qualifying.

The big absentee is three-time world champ and Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Mariya Lasitskene, with all Russian and Belarusian athletes banned from the world titles due to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

In other Australian action in the morning session on day two of the world titles, Amy Cashin was desperately unlucky not to advance to the women's 3000m steeplechase final.

Cashin slashed more than six seconds off her PB with a time of nine minutes 21.46 seconds, only to miss out by two spots.

Compatriots Brielle Erbacher and and Cara Feain-Ryan also missed out.

In the men's 110m hurdles, Nick Hough edged into the semi-finals after finishing fifth in his heat in 13.51, but fellow Australian Chris Douglas was eliminated.

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