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Purchase eyeing return and gold at Rio

May 16, 2013 13:28 pm

Zac Purchase insists he will only return to the water in order to win gold at Rio 2016 as the rower contemplates a comeback.

The 27-year-old secured silver at London 2012 in the lightweight double sculls – being pipped at the post by Denmark – and hasn’t competed since.

The sabbatical has given him time to consider his future, and while Purchase claims he hasn’t retired, he also hasn’t put a definitive date on his return despite a deadline of September 29 looming in preparation for the 2014 international season.

But the lure of securing another gold, to go with the one he claimed in Beijing in 2008, is something that appeals to Purchase.

“I don't want to go if I'm not going to win,” said Purchase, who won both his Olympic medals alongside Mark Hunter. 

“I'm in it to win gold, and if I'm going to win silver I do not want to put myself in that position.

“It's three years of being in that competitive environment and a lot of training and challenges and all that adds to the pressure and the stress of it.

“Officially the cut-off date is the September 29 which is exactly six months before the first international event of 2014. That is when I would have to sign up in terms of doing regulations and all that sort of thing.

“Ultimately I would look to be back in a boat before the September 29 but I'd have to be doing some work a lot of the time before then to be back to the levels of fitness I was before.”

© Sportsbeat 2013