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The Aussie heptathlete has announced herself after an impressive Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games campaign.
Taneille Crase’s athletics career was effectively in no man’s land when the call came.
In 2020, the heptathlete was contemplating retirement as she battled physically and mentally with a broken toe.
Then coach Glynis Nunn, the heptathlon gold medallist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and Brisbane 1982 Commonwealth Games, urged her to reconsider.
Crase came back in October 2020, cracked into training and established herself as Australia’s top heptathlete.
On Wednesday, that culminated in her rise from obscurity to a fifth-place finish, out of eight, in Birmingham.
That included a heptathlon personal best of 6026 and PBs in the long jump, 800m, 200m, shot put, and 100m hurdles, and was the quickest hurdler.
“I took a break from the sport, mentally and physically I really needed it,” Crase told reporters.
“Ever since the end of 2020 I got the call up from my coach, Glynnis Nunn, and she really pushed me to get back into it and fully commit to training.
“It’s been an absolute dream and and journey to be on and I’m so grateful to be here.”
“Her (Nunn’s) knowledge and experience, it’s priceless.
“You can’t ask for anyone better than that as a coach, but she’s really just become a true friend. We see each other nearly every single day.”
English star Katarina Johnson-Thompson claimed gold on 6377 points ahead of Northern Ireland’s Kate O’Connor (6233) and England teammate Jade O’Dowda (6212).
Despite falling short, after sitting in the bronze medal position earlier in the competition, Crase delighted in her rise.
“Like any athlete, we’ve all had setbacks and we’ve all had challenges,” she said.
“To be here now through all of that, I’m just so happy and so proud of myself.”