Three weeks ago, screaming in pain, Adelaide kayaker Hannah Davis looked down to see she'd sliced the top off one of her fingers in a gym accident.
At that moment she thought her hopes of a national title at the Australian Championships were over.
But today Davis and her K2 200 partner, Manly's Jo Brigden-Jones, stood on the highest podium to celebrate an emotional victory.
"I had an accident in the gym and crushed my finger, so three weeks ago I wasn't even sure I'd be here," Davis said.
"I'd had a bit of sickness before that as well and had to pull out of Grand Prix, so that last month of training when you really focus on speed work and speed endurance and race practice, I didn't get any of that.
"But that's all good, I can put it behind me and work towards June selections."
Brigden-Jones said she never doubted Davis would turn up ready to race.
"She's always been there over the past few years, racing at her best," she said.
"I told her it would all come down to how she prepared mentally. She might be lacking a bit physically, but if she's there mentally, and still hungry for it and wanting to race she'd be there."
Brigden-Jones won't need to ban Davis from the gym before the next selection event.
"I might ban myself," Davis said.
"Wrap myself in cotton wool and just go out in my kayak."
The win caps off a red letter day for Brigden-Jones, after she earlier snatched the K1 200 title from hometown favourite, Alana Nicholls.