Tomkins targets sixth Olympics

WHAT possesses a 42-year-old man to wake at the crack of dawn and push his body to the limit most days?

For Australia's most-decorated rower, James Tomkins, it is%because he can.

"I like being fit and healthy and active and I think the fact that I can, it's really important to make the most of those opportunities," the triple Olympic champion said.

"Representing your country with a great group of guys, it's an opportunity not to be missed."

Tomkins will be aiming to%qualify for his sixth Olympics when he sits in the stroke seat of the men's eight at the World Rowing championships starting tomorrow in Munich, Germany.

The regatta is the main qualifying event for next year's Games in Beijing.

The top seven finishers in the men's eight in Munich will qualify for the Olympics and, after a disappointing sixth place at the last World Cup meet in Lucerne, Switzerland, in July, the Australian team is looking to improve.

Canada are the form crew in what is always a keenly contested event, while the United States and Germany are usually strong also.

"We've done a good block of training in Australia and more recently in Italy," said Tomkins.



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