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Life is great for Mitchell Watt
John Salvado
12:59 AEST Fri Jul 20 2012

Mitchell Watt is living the dream as a member of world track and field's A list and he's the first to acknowledge it.

As one of the headline acts at the Herculis Diamond League meeting, Watt is staying in a luxury hotel in Monte Carlo, complete with sweeping views of the Mediterranean.

It's the reward that comes with being an Olympic gold-medal favourite in a sport which enjoys its highest profile in Europe.

"I was joking around recently with Steve Hooker and I said 'a bad day for me is still a good day'," said 24-year-old Queenslander Watt, who only took up long jumping again seriously three years ago,

"A bad day is having to get up before nine o'clock or something like that.

"Or maybe if it's raining a little.

"I definitely love what I do.

"You get to come to places like this, you get a room to yourself and you get looked after extremely well.

"It's an awesome lifestyle."

Luxurious it may be, but there's still a very serious side to it all.

Watt is in Monte Carlo to fine-tune his preparation for the London Olympics, where he is widely expected to go one step better than last year's silver medal at the world championships in South Korea.

"If I wasn't jumping here, I'd be focused on the Games," said Watt.

"Not stressed about the Games, but I wouldn't have anything to worry about between now and qualifying.

"It'd just be three weeks focusing on the Games.

"That's not a negative thing, but it's probably not ideal.

"So to come here and be able to go down and grab a coffee, check out the cars and everything, it's nice to take your mind off the Olympics for a little bit."

After picking up a calf injury midway through last year's European campaign which continued to trouble him through to the world titles in South Korea, Watt and his coach Gary Bourne decided to ease back on the competition schedule in 2012.

The Monaco meet is only his fourth on the international circuit this year.

Rather than dominating the world rankings as he did in 2011, Watt has built his self-belief through the consistency and quality he has produced in training.

By his reckoning, he has only skipped two practice jumps all year.

"That's as much of a confidence booster as getting that epic jump right or winning a couple of comps," he said.

"Training has been going well and the body is good.

"Since Daegu last year, the plan has been to get to the Games having no niggles and feeling healthy.

"I'll be pretty confident in two weeks time."

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