Coach: Adam Didyk
Occupation: Athlete, physiotherapistEvent: Marathon
Although Jess Trengove ran on the track as a junior against athletes of the likes of Linden Hall, it was not until she was 21 that she made a name for herself on the national stage. In 2008, she placed second in Zatopek, but she started to appear on the podium more regularly in 2010, winning the national cross -country title and competing at the IAAF World Half Marathon and World University Cross Country.
There was a solid progression in 2011, with two quality half marathon results (1st Melbourne and 2nd Gold Coast), a PB at the Zatopek (33:16.72) and 70th place at the IAAF World Cross Country. In March 2012, she made a stunning marathon debut of 2:31.02 in Nagoya, the fastest ever by an Australian. It earned her Olympic selection for London where she placed 38th in 2:31.17, just outside her PB. 2013 was a busy year with PBs from 1500m to half marathon. It was also her best global marathon finish, an outstanding 11th at the Moscow 2013 IAAF World Championships. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, her successful championship record continued with a bronze medal.
In 2015, she smashed her 10,000m PB by 49 seconds (32:17.67) and marathon 2:27 minutes (2:27.45). He marathon time, achieved when winning Melbourne elevated her to sixth fastest Australian ever. She secured her second Olympic appearance for Rio but had to overcome a Metatarsal stress fracture in the leadup to compete. She maintained her high-quality championship record, placing 22nd.
In April 2017, she trimmed her marathon PB to 2:27.01 in the London Marathon. Uncertain if she would compete at the world championships, she spoke about the pride in running for Australia and her tremendous memories of running a marathon in London and confirmed her availability for the London 2017 world championships. She maintained her superb championship record finishing ninth in 2:28.59. Her placing was the highest ever by an Aussie woman at the world championships and the best by an Aussie woman at a global meet (Worlds or Olympics) since 1988 – 29 years ago.
The performance in London earned her automatic selection for her second the Commonwealth Games. It will be her tenth marathon of her career. Early 2018 she confirmed she was in top-form with two PBs, firstly in the 5000m (15:54.81) and then in the important half-marathon distance, clocking 70:59.
An Adelaide physiotherapist, her brother Jack is an AFL player for Port Adelaide. She has a business with her partner Dylan Stenson and brother Jack, designing and selling Rundies (sports underwear).
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