Hull keeps her Olympic options open

John Salvado
Australia's Jessica Hull is still mulling over which event to target at the Tokyo Olympics

Australian distance running star Jessica Hull insists it has been business as usual for her after the controversial Nike Oregon Project was shut down.

Hull was unwittingly caught in a media storm at last year's world championships in Doha when NOP founder Alberto Salazar received a four-year doping ban.

The 23-year-old Hull had only joined the training group three months earlier after graduating from the nearby University of Oregon and said she'd had nothing to do with Salazar.

Hull and most of her training partners then moved to Arizona to continue working with their personal coach Pete Julian.

"I was so ready to race in Doha," said Hull, who was desperately unlucky to be eliminated in the 1500m semis despite running a PB.

"I'd done so much hard training, we had done a lot of key workouts that indicated what I was capable of and I was set on showing myself what I could do on the world stage.

"I became very good in college, in the NCAA you have to learn to focus on yourself.

"I think I did a really good job of staying in the moment and not letting what was going on outside distract me because it didn't affect me whatsoever."

Hull has started the Olympic year in brilliant fashion, beating her German training partner Konstanze Klosterhalfen and stripping two seconds off the national indoor 1500m record at a meet late last month in Boston.

Next on the agenda is the national 5000m race at the Melbourne Track Classic on Thursday.

Whatever happens at Lakeside Stadium, Hull is in no rush to decide which event to target at the Tokyo Games, where the schedule does not allow runners to attempt a 1500m-5000m double.

"I've been hitting 1500m and 5k workouts better than I have before and that's an exciting position to be in," she said on Tuesday.

"It's definitely too early to decide and we're also going to consider the landscape of both events at world-class level as we get closer to the date."