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Thomas heading in right direction for London

Tristan Thomas has recorded his first Olympic A-qualifier for the London Olympics in running 49.39 seconds in he 400m hurdles in Geneva.

The Tasmanian, who was recently a member of the quartet that moved the Australian 4x400m relay team into the top 16 in the world and poised for selection for London, transferred his form over the hurdles to place second in a season's best.

“I didn’t know I’d run the time because I wasn’t sure how far behind the winner I was and he had crossed in 49.24. When I found out later though you would have seen me jumping up and down like a teenage girl meeting One Direction," Thomas said.

Thomas has had an injury interrupted career since recording his personal best of 48.68 seconds in 2009, but is focused on returning to that form.

"The road back from injury has been tough. The physical side is one thing, and I can sincerely say my physiotherapist Craig Purdam has magic hands, but it's the mental side that has been tougher. In your head you think you should still be where you always were but the confidence takes time.

  “As for London this means like I belong again. My loved ones can sleep a bit easier and my coach Craig Hilliard can get some joy after a pretty tough year with his own cancer scare.

  “I’ve got a few more races next month, and some pretty serious training coming up. I still want nothing more than to run 48 again and mix it with the best, and that chance could come in an Australian uniform and in my view that’s the best possible way to spend August in any year let alone an Olympic one."