Discus thrower Dani Samuels is delighted to be back to her best after a five year period of struggle.
Samuels, who won world championship gold in 2009 at the age of 21, returned to the top step of the podium for the first time in five years when she won the Commonwealth title in Glasgow.
Delighted with form
The Australian also set her personal best earlier in the year, and is delighted with how she has rediscovered her form.
"It was a fantastic feeling having the medal put around me and having the anthem played on my behalf," she said in an interview with the IAAF.
"It was really special. With my Commonwealth Games experiences myself, I came third in Melbourne in 2006 and I didn’t go to Delhi in 2010. So it was really important for me to win this and I really wanted it."
More success ahead
Still only 26 years old, Samuels is targeting more success in the future, starting with the IAAF Continental Cup in September.
"The main focus for me this year was the Commonwealth Games, but a close second is the Continental Cup.
"It’s crazy that it’s only now only two years to go to the next Olympics. It’s just a case of getting a bit faster, a bit stronger, more technically sound and efficient. I’ll have to get into 70 metre shape to have a look in for the gold medal in Rio.
"The plan was to get to 68 this year, 69 next year and hopefully 70 by the time Rio comes round. I’ll be 28 then, all the signs from other discus throwers points to 28 to 32 when you start hitting your best."
Having thrown 67.99m to put her second on the world list behind Olympic champion Sandra Perkovic, things are certainly looking up for the Sydney-born athlete.
She will certainly need to get closer to the 70m mark if she wants to beat Perkovic, though, but with signs she is returning to her 2009 form, it may be a very good 2015 for Dani Samuels.
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