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Mottram taking low key approach

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1 Mottram taking low key approach on Fri Dec 10, 2010 2:24 pm



Craig Mottram confident best is yet to come
By Ron Reed
Herald Sun
December 10, 2010

AUSTRALIA'S best distance runner Craig Mottram was at the Zatopek 10,000m race in Melbourne last night - but not to contest it.

However, Mottram, 30, has declared his career to be firmly back on track after a lengthy lay-off battling an achilles injury following the disappointment of the Beijing Olympics, where he failed to make the final of the 5000m, his specialty.

He is aiming for the national championships in Melbourne in April and the world championships - in which he won a bronze medal in 2005 - in Daegu, South Korea, in September.

Speaking at a dinner to celebrate the 50th edition of the Zatopek, which he won in 2001 and 2003, Mottram said he believed his best was still ahead of him - "no doubt".

"I'd like to do better than I have before," he said.

Mottram missed selection for the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi because he had not posted a qualifying time and three other runners had staked their claims. But he has made a couple of appearances at road races in Japan and Britain recently and is progressing well.

"I'm going alright, just taking a low-key approach until Christmas and the New Year and then I'll go to Falls Creek and train hard, as I have done before," he said.

Mottram split with long-time coach Nick Bideau after Beijing and is now working with former national head coach Chris Wardlaw, and appears more relaxed.

"My plan is just to get fit and healthy and enjoy my running," he said.

Asked if he had been too obsessive about his goals previously, he said: "I think so. When you focus on something for four years it can become bigger than it actually is.

"I've got a good balance in my life now, a nice home, I've settled down, I'm much more relaxed."

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