Peak­ing at right time

Warwick Daily News - - Sport -

COM­MON­WEALTH GAMES: If Brooke Strat­ton had jumped at the last Com­mon­wealth Games like she did on Wed­nes­day, she would have won gold.

So it was un­der­stand­able the 24-year-old’s first in­stinct af­ter her fi­nal warm-up event was to en­sconce her­self in cot­ton wool.

The Vic­to­rian long jumper was se­lected for Glas­gow 2014 but with­drew due to a back stress frac­ture and car­ried in­juries into the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

“I think that makes this a lit­tle bit more spe­cial,” she said. “I think this is the first ma­jor cham­pi­onships I’m ac­tu­ally go­ing into know­ing that I’m nearly at my best, or I hope­fully will be at my best. It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing.”

With the aid of a strong wind on her back, Strat­ton cleared 6.88m – twice – in fin­ish­ing third at the Queens­land In­ter­na­tional Track Clas­sic on Wed­nes­day. Not bad con­sid­er­ing she bat­tled another foot stress frac­ture at the end of last year.

“I’ve been able to progress by ba­si­cally 10cm each com­pe­ti­tion, so hope­fully with another two weeks un­der my belt, who knows?” she said.

If she can go close to top­ping her per­sonal-best of 7.05m – pro­duced in March 2016 to shat­ter a 14-year-old Aus­tralian and Ocea­nia record – it would al­most cer­tainly win her gold.

“It’s so ex­cit­ing, the thought of it,” Strat­ton said of com­pet­ing at a home Games.

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