Mitchell Watt has vowed to push through the pain barrier in his bid to earn a slice of Australian athletics history at the world titles in Daegu.
The world-leading Watt is on track to become the nation's first long jumper to collect a major title at the September 2 world championships final in South Korea.
The 23-year-old must take a cautious approach in the lead-up to Daegu because of a bruised heel, the complaint stopping him from practising his take-offs in the past six weeks.
Not that his lack of runway time has cost him, Watt's career-best form has catapulted him to warm favouritism for the world title.
Australia has never collected a major long jump title with Theo Bruce (1952), Gary Honey (1984) and Jai Taurima (2000) all collecting silver at the Olympics.
Watt said he was determined to break the drought.
"I will be going all out there (in Daegu), pain or no pain," he said.
Watt has produced the four best jumps in the world this year, the national record holder's victory with 8.45m at the Diamond League meet in London underlining his dominance this season.
In ideal conditions with a slight breeze at his back, the Queenslander just overstepped the board in his opening effort at Crystal Palace with the jump looking to have surpassed his personal best of 8.54m from last month.
He posted 8.45m with his second jump in front of a capacity crowd and sat out three of the final four rounds to protect his foot from further damage.
"I still don't feel 100 per cent confident in my heel," he said.
"Besides the two comps, I have not done any jumps training for about six weeks now.
"So I will probably do the same for Daegu.
"I might jump once or twice but I think the key for me is my speed and my strength and as long as I keep on working on that I should be fine."
Watt felt ready to capture Australia's maiden long jump gold medal at a world championships after picking up bronze at the Berlin edition in 2009.
"I think so, someone said to me that 8.54 was the same distance that (American) Dwight (Phillips) won with in 2009," he said.
"It showed me that I am capable of jumping the distances to win.
"I think it would be good for Australia.
"We have had a pretty good long jump pedigree but have not managed to get that gold medal, so I would love to be the first one."Craig Mottram (13 minutes, 23.98 seconds) enjoyed an encouraging win against a modest 5000m field in south London while compatriot Collis Birmingham (7:45.04) came third in the 3000m behind Britain's Mo Farah (7:40.15).
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