Aussie hurdler Lauren Wells gunning for gold at Commonwealth Games swansong
Australian Hurdler Lauren Wells was able to resume his career after a tumultuous Olympic campaign in Rio but admits that the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018 could be the perfect Swansong.
Wells did not know if he would return to the track after Rio, but after taking a break from the 28-year-old sport, he is back in 2017 with as much hunger as ever.
Canberra is Olympian Lauren Wells said the fire continues to burn home after 15 years at elite level.
Canberra is Olympian Lauren Wells said the fire continues to burn home after 15 years at elite level. Photo: Getty Images
Wells put the spikes back and ran the best personal moments on 200m hurdles and 200m flat, before winning a national 10-title 400m hurdling record in March.
Canberra exports were fixed at one place in the final in Rio, but after falling on the 400-meter semifinal hurdles, Wells saw reserve when Australia reached the final 4×400 meters for the first time in 16 years.
Australian Hurdler Lauren Wells is determined to meditate at her last Commonwealth Games next year.
Australian Hurdler Lauren Wells is determined to meditate at her last Commonwealth Games next year. Photo: Getty Images
“After Rio, I was a bit disappointed with the way I played and I felt as if the 10 years that preceded it were the same year after year and it was time for a break,” he said.
“I’m not trained for a month,” I told my trainer Matt [Beckenham] I’m not the world champion in 2017 and I did not want to clog.
“I just wanted it on my own terms, that I needed to restart the fire and wanted to re-invest in the sport itself. Matt was a great supporter and my mind has changed a couple of times on the way to Rio, but all good for the better .
“Working at this flat rate helped with my barriers and I came across a world qualifying match earlier this season that I have never done before.
“Certainly I mélancé this time that some people think that is risky, since it worked in other years, but it was time to change something.”
Wells is attacking the last place on the final track of the world championship when the best athletes on the planet meet in London in August.
This marks a return on the same track in which Wells became an Olympic athlete in 2012 and relies on the delivery of a 15-year career in preparation.
“I want to run less than 55 seconds to do this, I just need a tenth of a second, I need two meters over 400 meters to be faster and I’ll be so happy,” Wells said.
“I have an underlying feeling that I have more of myself and I could not reach my potential. It does not mean I have not tried the best of all these years but the 400 meter hurdles are very technical and difficult events.
“There are many things I can not control, like trends in time and road, which sometimes makes things a little harder, but I feel like I’m getting more fit.
“In Glasgow it has spread before the final and that is just the nature of the sport but I would like to have a day when it feels as if everything is fine and that it is in good shape and I put a performance on the board I know I’m capable of “.
Wells finished in a place out of the medals four times acted within the three games of the Commonwealth games, but he hopes to save as much as possible last time on the Gold Coast.
“I’m very proud of my career so far, but every time I’m on track and legs full lactic, the only thing that happens is the girls I want and I want to win medals,” Wells said.
“I am still full of fire and passion and I want to quit the sport without regret and knowing that I have given my absolute all and realized what I can do.
“In an ideal world, I would like the Gold Coast to be my swan song, I started my career in Melbourne 2006, so this would be a good start and the end of fairy tale with a Comm game house.
“At the same time, I could have a fantastic career this season or next year and I’m continuing, the focus is on the next 12 months.”