After coming close to snaring gold at the London Olympics, Australian breaststroker Christian Sprenger has set his sights on swimming on until the 2016 Games in Rio.
Sprenger posted a personal best time of 58.93sec in the 100m breaststroke final in London, but was controversially pipped to the line by South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh, who admitted using a series of illegal dolphin kicks to post the world record time of 58.46.
Last year, Sprenger contemplated quitting the sport as the toil of training for both the 100m and 200m breaststroke took its toll.
But the axing of the 200m breaststroke from his schedule proved to be a masterstroke, with Sprenger quickly rediscovering his passion.
And after enjoying a memorable campaign in London, 26-year-old Sprenger is hungry to experience even more success in Rio in four years' time.
"I've really broken into a good technique in breaststroke. I'm looking forward to trying to perfect that and see how fast I can go," Sprenger said.
"The Olympic gold is always the one everyone is chasing.
"For me just going to another Olympics would be an amazing thing.
"But now having done what I did in London, I really think that backing up with another medal at the Olympics would be the first step.
"The second step would be to win the gold medal."
Sprenger will return to competitive action this week when he competes at the September 12-16 Perth Short Course Championships at Challenge Stadium.
While most swimmers take a sizeable break following an Olympics campaign, Sprenger needed just two weeks away from the black line in order to recharge his batteries.
"To get back into the pool and train was easy, because I knew there was potentially an exciting four years ahead," he said.
"In saying that I'm not training the house down. I'm just doing one session a day, so it's not too demanding."
Sprenger will compete in the 50m and 100m breaststroke in Perth, where he hopes to qualify for December's FINA World Championships in Turkey.
Other members of the Australian Olympic team scheduled to compete at the event include London gold medallist Brittany Elmslie, Angie Bainbridge, Tommaso D'Orsogna, Blair Evans, Sally Foster and Chris Wright.