Reece Homfray Sunday Mail (SA)
Long jumper Mitchell Watt is adding sprinting to his track program. Source:
AUSTRALIA’S best long jumper, Mitch Watt, and top sprinter Josh Ross are set for an explosive 100m showdown in Adelaide this month.
The London Olympians are expected to meet in the blue riband event when they headline the Adelaide Track Classic on February 16.
Watt – a silver medallist at last year’s Games – is adding track sprinting to his program in a bid to improve his long jumping ahead of the 2016 Olympics.
The 24-year-old is now taking aim at becoming the first man to win the 100m/long jump double at the national titles in April.
Ross is a six-time 100m national champion who ran the 4x100m relay in London but was controversially denied a place in the individual event.
In December he showed he’d lost none of his desire to hold on to the mantle of Australia’s fastest man when he became the first to win the prestigious Bay Sheffield crown off scratch.
Adelaide Track Classic organisers yesterday confirmed the pair were all but certain to run at Santos Stadium this month.
They are expected to be joined on the start line by Anthony Alozie, who also ran in Australia’s 4x100m relay team, which finished seventh in the Olympic final.
Watt’s 100m PB of 10.31 was set on the Gold Coast two years ago and last month he said he was now hoping to go quicker.
“Things have been going pretty well in training since October so if I can keep up this amount of work I’ll definitely give it a crack,” Watt said.
“It’s something I’ve been focusing on, a bit of fun, and the (faster) I run the better I can be at long jump.”
Ross, 31, has a 100m PB of 10.08 which he set in 2007.
Last year he ran an Olympic `A qualifier’ of 10.16 but it was ruled ineligible because of an illegal tailwind.
Watt was in Newcastle yesterday contesting the long jump in the Hunter Track Classic which marked the start of the National Athletics Series.
Tickets for the Adelaide Track Classic start from $5 and are available through Ticketek or athleticssa.com.au