Kennedy fully focussed on Olympic glory

Not a day has gone by since her dramatic world championships pole vault triumph in Budapest last August that Nina Kennedy hasn't thought about also winning Olympic gold in Paris.

And Kennedy will apply the same tunnel vision to everything that happens between now and the Olympic final on August 7.

After spending four months over the summer recovering from a stress fracture in her back, the 27-year-old is jumping off a shorter 12-step run-up - rather than the full 16 steps - at the Australian championships in Adelaide this weekend.

She is still a near-certainty to win another national title on Saturday.

Then it's full steam ahead to Paris.

"You hear athletes say that an Olympic year is different and I've never really understood that until now," Kennedy told AAP.

"Every single day since the Budapest gold until now, the Olympic gold medal has crossed my mind.

"I'm not shying away from it and I've really put it out there to the media, to my team and myself that this is my goal.

"But it's also really important to have clear definitions around goals and expectations.

"I can't control what (American Katie Moon, who tied with Kennedy for the 2023 world championships gold) is going to jump or what the other Americans are going to jump.

"They could jump their absolute highest and I could jump an Australian record and come third."

Nina Kennedy.
Nina Kennedy sails over the bar during last year's World Athletics Championships in Hungary.

Kennedy has already locked in the four Diamond League meets in Doha, Rabat, Monaco and London that will be her key lead-up meets to the Paris Games.

"Picking your own schedule is such a luxury," she said.

"A few years ago I was begging to get into Diamond Leagues, now I'm in there comfortably and I can pick and choose where I compete.

"I get to completely write the narrative of what my pre-Olympics looks like.

"Those four Diamond Leagues will be just like the Olympic final for me.

"The same girls will be there and it's just a really great opportunity to do what I'm going to do in the Olympic final."

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