SUNSHINE Coast's Brodie Modini knows a thing or two about competitive steel, after he overcame "vomiting blood" just a week out from the Youth Commonwealth Games to come home with the 1500m bronze.
It was the first time the 17-year-old had represented his country at an international event and came into the games ranked seventh in his field.
"I was in hospital the week before with a virus," he said.
"I don't really know the details, but I was vomiting blood, I couldn't see or stand up and I was dizzy.
"It wasn't ideal preparation, so I had some doubts.
"That just made it even better to get bronze."
First and second went to the two Kenyan athletes who were 15 seconds out in front, but only 0.12 separated Brodie and fifth place as the rest of the field was left in a sprint finish.
"I was up against the youth world record holder," he said.
"It was a different race really (between the top two and the rest) - no one was going to risk going out with them out of fear of blowing out early.
"I just had to rely on my kick (sprint finish), it's one of my strengths."
Brodie said he dind't know what to expect coming into the event, but couldn't be happier with the result.
"I was just thrilled to finish third," he said.
"It's the best experience of my career so far.
"It's the highlight, the pinnacle so far."
Now Brodie looks forward to the 2016 IAAF World Junior Championships in Kazan, but will travel to Falls Creek for a high altitude training camp in January 2016 followed by the Australian Junior Championships in build-up.
But he hasn't put all his eggs into the one basket as Brodie is also an impressive cross country runner and is hoping to forge a triathlon career with his handy bike and swim skills.
He is also a standout in other sports including rugby union.