UP AND OVER: Brandon Starc of Australia competes in the men's high jump qualification.
UP AND OVER: Brandon Starc of Australia competes in the men's high jump qualification. Cameron Spencer

Starc gets lift out of Bolt

ATHLETICS: While his older brother Mitchell is with the Australian cricket team being beaten in Sri Lanka, Brandon Starc has been invaded by Olympic history in Rio.

Brandon was competing for a place in the 12-man high jump final on the night Usain Bolt won his third successive 100 metres Olympic title and South African Wayde van Niekirk smashed the world record in the men's 400m final.

The 22-year-old Starc cleared 2.29m with his last jump to be the final qualifier through to the 12-man final on Wednesday. He missed his first two attempts at 2.29m but cleared the height easily on his third try.

"I think sometimes three jumps isn't enough,” he said.

"I thought it was the last jump of the night, everyone was going home after that so I thought I don't want to end it here so I gave it all and luckily I got over.”

During the competition, the Olympic stadium erupted when Usain Bolt won the 100m and did a lap of honour, right through the high jumpers.

"I didn't realise the world record for the 400m was broken,” Starc said.

"I realised there was a lot of noise, then the 100m as well. It was a big night and I'm glad I was a part of it.

"They all ran past us, all the photographers were then in our way, but it was great to watch.”

World champion Derek Drouin and London silver medallist Eric Kynard have made the final 12.

Starc was a Youth Olympic Games silver medallist in 2010 (2.10m), World Junior championships finalist in 2012 (2.17m) and World Championship finalist in 2015 (2.31m).

The world titles jump was Starc's personal best. Russia's Ivan Ukhov won the gold in London in 2012 with 2.38m but he's not in Rio because of the ban on his country's athletes.

High jump final, Wednesday (9.30am AEST).