A weight-and-see approach for Kelly
IF DAMON Kelly defends his gold medal at next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow there is every chance he could stay in the sport for another four years.
Kelly is fresh from a break since finishing first at the Oceania Championships in July.
In the event hosted by his home town of Brisbane, he lifted 165kg in the snatch and 210kg in the clean and jerk.
Now, the 30-year-old, who was born in Atherton, is eager to begin his preparations for next year's Games, which start next July in Scotland.
"We'll wait and see how next year goes. If it goes well and I can get up to where I want to, I might keep on going for Rio (the 2016 Olympics)," Kelly said.
"If not, I'll sit back and have a few quiet beers. But it'll be pretty tempting to also try and make the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (in 2018).
"I'm 30. The guy ranked No.1 in the Commonwealth (George Kobaladze) is 37 from Canada.
"I'm third at the moment."
Kelly said he believes a new training schedule that he'll start in the coming weeks will put him in good stead for Glasgow.
"I reviewed my program with my coach and he told me a couple of things that we needed to improve," he said. "We just tried to push it too much so we'll try and incorporate more recovery into it this time around."
Kelly opted to take a break from training after the Oceania titles when he suffered an elbow injury.
"That (elbow) took a couple of months to get back to 100%," he said.
"But it's good now. I'm hoping when we start the next build-up it'll be ready to go.
"I did it on my opening snatch, and when I came out for the clean and jerks I could start to feel it."
Kelly said he still had some improvement left in him before the last round of trials for the Commonwealth Games on March 15.
"I did the same weights (at the Oceania Championships) that I did in the previous competition I competed in, and it put me third in the Commonwealth," he said.
"But I've still got a bit of improvement left to get up to my best weight.
"I'm hoping by the time we get to March I'll be snatching over 170kg and at 215-220kg in the clean and jerk."