Fast-improving Jess Trengove has set Australia up for a strong two-pronged challenge in the women’s marathon at next year’s Commonwealth Games.
Trengove booked her spot on the team for Glasgow by storming home to finish 11th in the world championships marathon in Moscow on Saturday.
Significantly, only two runners from Commonwealth nations – gold medallist Edna Kiplagat from Kenya and Britain’s Susan Partridge – finished ahead of the 25-year-old from Adelaide.
And with consistent big-event performer and 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Lisa Weightman already targeting the Glasgow Games, Australia can look forward to the event with plenty of confidence.
“I may not run another marathon between now and Glasgow,” said Trengove, who clocked two hours 37 minutes 11 seconds in what was only her third career marathon.
“It might be a really good chance to focus on a solid block of training.”
As part of her build-up to the Moscow championships, Trengove’s coach Adam Didyk gave her some video footage of the late Kerryn McCann’s emotional win at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
“I guess because I’m a little bit newer to running I didn’t pay a lot of attention to running back then,” said Trengove.
“So when I was watching that footage I didn’t actually know where she was going to finish.
“I got chills and everything when I saw her come across the line.
“She was an unbelievable runner and we’ve got a great history in distance running.”
Trengove was not passed by a single runner in the second half of the world championships marathon held on a hot, steamy Moscow day.
Her 11th placed finish was the best by an Australian woman in a world championships marathon, bettering McCann’s 15th placing back in 1995.