SASI stars ready to shine at London world titles

London will host its biggest event next month since the 2012 Olympic Games when the world athletics championship comes to town

FINETUNING and staying fit will be the schedule for SASI athletes preparing for the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London between August 5 and 13.

The athletes Jared Tallent, Kurtis Marschall and Jess Trengove, have all enjoyed different, but solid preparations leading into the championships.

Tallent, 32, entering what is believed to be a record seventh world championship competition, will line up in the 50km walk.

But his preparation hasn't been smooth sailing.

''I have had a hamstring problem which has hampered my training a bit,'' he said. ''It’s just from all of the years of training and competing, probably my age and the general wear and tear. I am still aiming high and pushing hard but I have been behind where I would like to be. I had a break after Rio but my hamstring delayed training. I am now training under coach Adam Didyk who will be in Londoan as a part of the coaching team.

''I just have to be smart with my training which I have done in the gym and about 180km weekly in training.

''I am aiming at the Tokyo Olympics (2020) and would love to win my fifth medal at four Olympics - that would be fantastic. Then we will see from there what I do.''

Tallent is a four-time Olympic medallist, three-time world championship medallist and holds the current Olympic record in the 50 km walk (London).

Tallent will travel with wife Claire, also a champion walker, and their son Harvey who will be nearly three months old at the titles.

Tallent will join some of the Australian team in St Moritz, Switzerland, from July 18 for a couple of weeks of altitute training before leaving for London.

Team mate pole vaulter Kurtis Marschall, 20, will make his world championship debut in London after a stunning effort at the recent IAAF Diamond League event in Lausanne, Switzerland. There, he jumped 5.73m to finish fourth to better his previous best jump.

Marshall's effort was the seventh-highest jump by an Australian of all time and the best since Beijing 2008 gold medallist Steve Hooker cleared 5.95m in 2010.

Marshall's jump in Lausanne also exceeded his Olympics best (2016) of 5.60m which kept him out of the 12-man final only on countback. Marshall recently based himself in Cologne, Germany, to prepare for the world titles.

Since returning to competition after making his Rio Olympics debut, Marschall has won his second open national title. He also set a previous best of 5.72m, at the time, in a competition in Cairns.

He said he was feeling excited and looking forward to jumping against the athletes who will be competing at the world championships.

Jess Trengrove will race in the women's Marathon and aim to improve on her Olympic performance. Trengrove finished 22nd in Rio but since then she has competed in the London Marathon finishing in 10th-placed with a stunning personal best time of two hours, 27 minutes and one second .

For all athletics results head to the IAAF Website

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