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Trengove ready for Olympic marathon

30 July 2016

ATHLETICS: There is no sugar-coating a foot injury for a marathon runner in an Olympic year.

But if and when any doubts surfaced in the previous few months, Australian Jess Trengove has been able to draw strength from a series of strong performances at previous major championships.

Top 40 on her Olympic debut as a raw 24-year-old at the 2012 London Games.

Eleventh at the 2013 world titles in Moscow.

And third two years ago at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games - having also overcome a right foot issue in the build-up.

When she dons the green and gold in a team environment, Trengove is at her best.

The South Australian heads to Rio as part of a powerhouse three-pronged Australian women's marathon squad also including veteran Lisa Weightman and rising star Milly Clark.

Tregnove was diagnosed with a bone stress problem early this year - this time in her left foot - but is now back to full fitness.

"I went through a similar process two years ago in the lead-up to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games so I'm confident that you can still achieve your goals in a different way," the 28-year-old said.

"Prior to that I knew nothing different other than running, running, running in the lead-up to a marathon.

"But I've been able to achieve a pretty high level of cross-training and maintain my fitness.

"You have to have faith in the process and trust that things will come together.

"After an injury you can regain the running fitness quite quickly.

"You've just got to keep believing that it will come good even though it can feel horrible in those first few sessions."

Trengove has no fear of the type of steamy conditions expected in Rio, having finished a creditable 11th in the marathon on a hot Moscow midsummer day at the world championships three years ago.

The team environment also brings out the best in her.

"I absolutely love that Australian team vibe and I feel I get the most out of myself when I'm working in a team," she said.

"I come from a netball background and that seems to be how I work best.

"We've got a strong women's team this year with Lisa Weightman and Milly Clark and I think we'll really enjoy working together.

"When you're running on race day it's not just about you - you're doing it for the team and doing it for the people back home who've supported you."

The Olympic women's marathon will take place on August 14.

John Salvado


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