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Lauren Mitchell focused on C'wealth Games
Rashida Yosufzai
09:23 AEST Sat Jan 19 2013

An injured Lauren Mitchell is doubtful about her road to Rio de Janeiro but says she's focusing on getting back to competing on the gymnastics floor at the Commonwealth Games.

One of Australia's most successful gymnasts, Mitchell became the nation's first female world gymnastics champion after winning the floor apparatus at the 2010 world championships.

But the 21-year-old missed out on a medal at the London Olympics after placing fifth in the floor final while nursing a chronic shoulder injury.

Mitchell says she's still consulting doctors about the extent of the injury and whether she'll be fit to head back to competition.

As such, it's too early to tell whether she'll be making her third Olympic appearance at Rio in 2016.

"I'm not really thinking that far (to Rio), because I'll be 24," she told AAP.

"I know (head coach) Peggy (Liddick) is like 'yeah Lauren will be there (at Rio)', but I'm not thinking that far ahead yet. But we'll see how we go."

Mitchell wants to get to the world championships in September to contest the individual floor competition.

After that, she's got her eyes on the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Mitchell has mixed feeling about her performance in London, where she scored 14.833 to miss out on a bronze medal by just 0.066 points.

"To get fifth in the world is amazing, considering I was carrying a long-term injury and my preparation wasn't quite the best, but I was so close to the gold.

"It was ridiculously close, but that's the nature of this sport."

Outside of sport, Mitchell is focusing on her radiography studies.

She's also helping mentor younger gymnasts at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney.

"I don't see myself in that (mentor) role yet because I haven't quite finished with gymnastics yet," Mitchell said.

"I'm not quite sure where I'm going with it, and I guess to pass on what knowledge I have to those other girls, whatever I can, hopefully helps."


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