Inside Athletics

Watt’s next for Mitch?

There’s current a search for Australia’s fastest man, but many experts will already tell you that it is Mitchell Watt.

And with the Olympic long jump silver medalist is set to contest the 100m at a few meets of the domestic season, there won’t be a need for speculation.

Watt’s personal best of 10.31 seconds came in a low key meet on the Gold Coast in June, 2011, with only Josh Ross having run faster during the past 18 months.

Watt will open his season at the Hunter Track Classic on 2 February in his specialty, the long jump, and is looking to build a platform for 2013 after not being satisfied with 2012.

“In 2012 I didn’t have a perfect year with my body,” Watt said.

“Even at the National Trials in March I was still behind. This was part of the frustration after the competition, knowing I could have done better.”

“Things have got off to a lot better start. The first three months of training have been great. I’m back to where I was at the start of the 2011 season.”

Watt will also compete in the standing long jump, part of the innovative program of the Hunter Track Classic.

“I’m looking forward to taking part. Over the past few years the Hunter Track Classic has been gaining momentum. I streamed it on my computer last year & enjoyed watching the action.

“I’ve never visited the Newcastle area before. I’m good friends with Benn Harradine and he has been talking up the place as well as the meet itself.

It sounds like a great location to visit so I can’t wait.”

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