Jessica Trengove smashed the Rio qualifying time at the 2015 Melbourne Marathon in October when she won in a time of 2:27.45. She ran a two and a half minute personal best time and the sixth fastest time by an Australian woman. Four-time Olympian Craig Mottram paced her through 38 kilometres.
In her first ever marathon, Trengove placed 14th and achieved the Olympic marathon qualifying standard with a time of 2:31.02 at a race in Japan. A few months later she made her Olympic debut in London, and ran a personal best (2:31.17) to finish 39th.
The qualified physiotherapist who grew up in the small country town of Naracoorte in south east of South Australia, had a strong 11th place finish at the 2013 world titles in Moscow (2:37.11) before claiming bronze at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games (2:30.12).
Athleticism runs in the Trengove family, as her sister Abbie represented Australia at the Youth Olympic Games for rowing while her brother Jack has played in the AFL since he was drafted by the Melbourne Football Club in 2009.
Trengove’s sporting idol is long distance runner and four-time Olympian Benita Johnson (Willis). Trengove was in awe of Johnson since she signed her Olympic ticket in the stands at the 2000 Sydney Games and says it was an honour to be her teammate in the Olympic marathon in London. Her favourite athletics event used to be triple jump and she also loved long and high jump.
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Adelaide, SA, Australia
Adelaide, SA, Australia
- 2012 London - 39th (marathon)
- 1st (marathon) – 2015 Melbourne Marathon (Melbourne, Australia)
- 4th (half marathon) – 2015 Oceania Championships (Gold Coast, Australia)
- 2nd (half marathon) – 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon (San Diego, USA)
- 3rd (marathon) – 2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, Scotland)
- 11th (marathon) – 2014 Nagoya International Women’s Marathon (Nagoya, Japan)
- Winning a bronze medal in the marathon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
- Achieving an Australian Olympic A Qualifier in my first Marathon and competing in the 2012 London Olympics.
- Running a personal best and an Olympic qualifier in the 2015 Melbourne Marathon - my first Marathon in Australia.
- Naracoorte Primary School, (SA, Australia)
- Naracoorte High School & Annesley College (SA, Australia)
- Bachelor of Physiotherapy - University of South Australia (2006 - 2009)
Adam Didyk (2008 - current)
Hills Districts Athletic Club, Team Tempo training squad
South Australian Sports Institute
Primary Training Base
Secondary Training Base
Melbourne (Australia), Flagstaff (Arizona)
- Favourite food
- Seafood, sweet potato fries, apple crumble and mangoes
- Favourite holiday destination
- I love European travel - particularly Italy and Switzerland. I would love to travel throughout Scandanavia and see more of South East Asia.
- Favourite music
- Anything that pumps me up or reminds me of good times!
- Dream car
- One that gets me from A to B without any hassles!
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Cathy Freeman's 400m Gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympics