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Purchase wants second gold in 2012

By Holly Adams
BBC Berkshire Blast reporter

Zac Purchase
Purchase won gold at the Beijing Olympics with partner Mark Hunter

Olympic gold medallist Zac Purchase is back training after recovering from a virus.

The Reading-based rower told BBC Berkshire that even though it was hard missing the recent World Championships in Poland, it was the right thing to do.

"It is probably one of the best decisions I have ever made - to make sure my body recovers naturally and to make sure I produce some really good results in London 2012."

However the Olympian did admit that it has not all been plain-sailing.

"It was a difficult time because I didn't really know what was going on. It's helped me appreciate how intense the training actually was."

The virus has delayed his preparation for London 2012 but he insists he is in a better position now than he was four years ago.

"I think I am a lot further ahead already. I know a lot more about myself and how hard I can push myself and that will be really invaluable in terms of making sure I can do the same again.

"I did not start off training gently, I decided to punish myself. I began on the weights in the gym and I am fairly sore now," the 22-year-old said.

Although the Cheltenham rower wants to take one season at a time he is excited about London 2012 and the prospect of rowing in front of a home crowd.

"Being my second Olympics I want to go there and do what I did first time round. It would be really nice to do it in front of a home crowd and I'm really looking forward to racing again at Dorney Lake.

"London is going to be a different challenge, one that we will have to approach differently. We've got to make it feel special but we've got to get selected first and be worthy of racing at the Olympics."

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