Melanie Schlanger has been recovering from a rib injury.
Melanie Schlanger has been recovering from a rib injury. Al Bello / Getty Images

Coast champ in two minds on trip to Rio

COAST champion Melanie Schlanger will decide after her October wedding whether to retire from the sport or try to add another Olympic gold to her illustrious resume.

The 27-year-old (pictured) was in career best form at the Commonwealth Games but admitted yesterday she was in two minds about whether she could keep it up for the next two years.

"I will make the decision in October or November, because if I don't feel I can help the team in 2016 I won't continue," she said.

The two-time Olympic relay champion is marrying fellow swimmer Chris Wright later this year and will wait until after the ceremony to make a decision.

Her Gold Coast-based coach Glenn Baker said during the Games that he hoped breaking the 4x100m world record would convince Schlanger to set her sights on Rio.

But the former Immanuel student has a long history of injuries and retired from the sport in 2009 before returning to win 4x100m gold in London.

The past 18 months have been interrupted by a rib fracture that only just healed in time for Schlanger's Commonwealth Games preparation.

The injury-free preparation resulted in career best form, but Schlanger, who turns 28 on August 31, said she was no certainty to continue after the Pan Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast.

"Very few people can say they've represented Australia at three Olympics and it's something I would love to do," she said.

"But, at the same time, I'm getting a little bit older and there's a lot of other things going on in life that I'm excited about."

Her focus is currently on the Pan Pacs, which start on the Gold Coast on August 21.


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