Inside Athletics

Watt in no rush to leap back into competition

Long jump champion Mitchell Watt is unlikely to compete in Sydney at the Track Classic this weekend because of a heavy, Olympics-focused training workload that has left him not yet ready to compete.

The world championships silver medallist, who has skipped tour meets in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, is expected to wait until the final event of the domestic season in Melbourne at the national titles next month to jump for the first time.

His coach Gary Bourne said, ''He is in good shape. He has been training and training well. We are just putting in a big base for him as we did in [20]10-11 and in '08 before the '09 year when he did well.

''We just have to put the blocks in place now for the European season and the Olympics, and not get too sidetracked by the Australian season. Obviously he would love to be jumping here more but it is more important he put in this big block of work at the moment.

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