As Michael Roeger stood on top of the podium at the London Marathon he dreamed of claiming gold at the Tokyo Paralympics.
The victory and his four world records mean nothing to him unless he tastes Paralympic glory next year.
Para-athletes Roeger, Annabelle Lindsay and Ahmed Kelly have been training in Canberra as the one-year countdown to the Toyko Games begins on Sunday.
Roeger is heading to his fourth Paralympic Games after claiming bronze in the T46 1500 metres in Rio, but is yet to win gold.
It'll be Roeger's fourth Paralympic Games but he's yet to claim his first gold medal.
That's why he's dropped his signature track events to solely focus on winning the T46 marathon.
"The dream is to stand on top of the podium and listen to the national anthem. If I don't get that, then none of these world records mean much," Roeger said.
"I've stepped up from the 1500 metres to the marathon. Since Rio I've gotten a lot stronger, more robust and I've got another four years of kilometres in my legs.
"The longer the event, the better I get. I'm confident and feeling ready to go."
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The Tokyo Games could be the hottest Paralympics on record and the Australian team have started heat sessions at the University of Canberra.
Paralympic organisers have already moved the marathon event from 7am to 6.30am but Roeger is concerned the change won't be enough.
"It's going to be pretty warm over there which is another thing we have to factor in," Roeger said.
"We'll be consistently getting those heat sessions over the next year and we'll do altitude training in America.
"For the marathon, you have to adjust your pace and make sure your nutrition and hydration is right. But here at the Institute of Sport, they have the best people in the world on my side."
But the heat won't affect swimmer Ahmed Kelly, who is ready to redeem himself after a disappointing finish at the 2016 Games.
The 27-year-old said the pressure of finishing in the top-three got the better of him at Rio, but is taking a fresh approach under his new coach Yuriy Vdovychenko.
Kelly will begin his Paralympics preparation at the World Para-swimming Championships next week.
"It will be a good rehearsal of what I can put forward and see where everyone else is at as well," Kelly said.
"It's another hurdle in the lead up at Tokyo but I can try out a few things, then build on that and get even faster for the Games."
Meanwhile Canberra's Annabelle Lindsay is emerging as one of the future stars for the Gliders, who are on the road to Paralympic redemption after missing out on a chance to play at Rio.
The 21-year-old thought her Olympic dream was over when a knee-surgery went horribly wrong three years ago, but she has her sights set on "reliving that dream" in Tokyo.
The Australian side will fight for a chance to return to the wheelchair basketball event during their December qualifiers. Lindsay said missing out on Rio has given the Gliders extra motivation to claim the third spot in their pool.
"It's a big deal for them to get to go and get their redemption story," Lindsay said.
"It's given us something to fight for and the girls are training harder than ever before because they're not going to let what happened at our last Paralympic qualifier happen again.
"Those of us who weren't on that team, we're doing the best we can to make sure those girls get their chance because they've earned it and should have been at Rio."
ONE YEAR TO GO
Tokyo Paralympic Games: August 25 to September 6, 2020