After a breakthrough domestic season, Jenny Blundell’s rise continued in May and June with two outstanding 1500m Olympic qualifying performances in Beijing and Belgium securing her Rio selection.
She had started the summer with a personal best of 4:12.00 and ranked 32nd Australian all time. This year she has rocketed up the list to fifth place with her new seven second personal best of 4:04.62.
A very talented little athlete for the Cherrybrook club in Sydney, Blundell competed in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010, placing fifth in the 1000m.
She will be joining training partner, marathoner Milly Clark on the team for Rio. The Sydney University Sports Science student has a positive outlook on life including a motto which emphasizes 'enjoying the journey to success'.
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Sydney, NSW, Australia
Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut.
- 2010 Singapore 5th (1000m)
- 1st (1500m) – 2016 Flanders Cup meet (Oordegem, Belgium)
- 4th (1500m) – 2016 IAAF World Challenge Meet (Beijing, China)
- 3rd (1500m) – 2016 Australian Championships (Sydney, Australia)
- 1st (1500m) – 2016 IAAF World Challenge Meet (Melbourne, Australia)
- 1st (1500m) – 2016 Hunter Track Classic (Newcastle, Australia)
- Placing 4th in the 1500m at the Beijing World challenge and clocking my 1st Olympic qualifier and huge PB 4.04.62, 2016.
- Running my second Olympic 1500m qualifier at the Flanders Cup meeting in Belgium, 2016.
- Placing 1st in the 1500m at the IAAF World Challenge, Melbourne, 2016.
- Oakhill Drive Public School (NSW, Australia)
- Cherrybrook Technology High School (NSW, Australia)
- Bachelor of Sport Science [Applied Exercise Physiology] - Sydney University (2013-2017)
James Fitzgerald (2013 - current)
Sydney University Athletics Club, NSW, Australia
Primary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Scrambled eggs with bacon and avocado
- Favourite holiday destination
- Forster summer holiday (North Coast NSW)
- Favourite music
- Evermore, maroon 5, black eyed peas, Eminem
- Dream car
- black GTR
- Personal Motto
- Make your dreams a reality, get up and make your day count. Everyday is a process to what will make up your bigger aspirations. Basically - enjoy the process, the little things in your daily routine and when it comes time to perform or compete for your goal you will be ready and Hungary for success!
- Star Sign
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- A few moments: Cathy Freeman's gold in 2000 and Sally Pearson's silver in Beijing, then gold in London
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My coach James and my training partner Milly Clark, a fellow Rio athlete in the marathon. Also my strength and conditioning coach Zsolt from NSWIS and my other competitors around the world including Jenny Simpson from America and Kaila McKnight an Aussie 1500m runner (London Olympics) and Madeline Heiner current Rio Olympics steeplechaser.
- Why this sport?
- I feel in some way athletics chose me. From such a small age I had talent and the will to compete. I have always loved it!