Australia have announced one of it's strongest women’s marathon team with Lisa Weightman, Jess Trengove and Milly Clark set to the wear the green and gold in the biggest test of endurance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
With the trio ranked fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively, on the Australian All-time list, they all go in with high hopes of making an impact in Brazil.
Lisa Weightman - the veteran
For the 37 year old 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, it will be her third Olympics after finishing 33rd at Beijing 2008 and 17th at London 2012.
“I'm an experienced marathon runner now and Rio is an opportunity to run my heart out and be proud that I've given it everything I have.”
As well as medalling, the other goal for the Victorian is a top 10 finish.
“Rio to me, is about family sacrifice, team work and persistence. I recently had a charming little boy and I am so glad he will get to see me run on TV in the green and gold - I want to make him proud of his mum!”
Jess Trengove - the returnee
2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Trengove will make her appearance at a second Olympic Games following her win at the Melbourne Marathon.
“It’s a pretty unreal moment to make my second Olympics. I’m still pinching myself that it has been four years since London, and it’s a huge honour, particularly this year when the competition has been so strong.”
The 28 year old, is hoping the London experience will make all the difference in the streets near the Guanabara Bay.
“I learnt a lot from the London experience. Being in a team with Lisa Weightman and Benita Willis, I spoke with them and watched them and tried to take in as much as I could. Race day was a huge learning experience.
Milly Clark - the debutante
In her first serious marathon attempt in October 2015, 26-year-old Clark produced the required qualifying time to book her ticket to Rio. Nothing like getting straight to the point!
“This is without a doubt the greatest achievement of my life. For me it means that I will not only be running for myself but I am running for my country and for everyone else who wasn't given the opportunity that I have been now.”
For Clark, it is the realisation of a 20 year dream that started while watching the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games with her father.
Now the hard work begins with Clark off to Flagstaff in the United States for the first block of altitude training.