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Pittman to star at Devonport AND BURNIE Carnivals

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Pittman to star at Devonport Carnival

TERRY MORRIS
The Examiner
25 Nov, 2011


JANA Pittman will run at next month's Devonport Carnival in her latest comeback from injury.

The former world 400 metre hurdle champion will come to Devonport to help re-launch her career which hopefully leads to the London Olympic Games.

The 29-year-old will have her first race since April when she contests the Zatopek meeting in Melbourne on December 10 before running at Devonport's two-day carnival on December 29-30.

Pittman has developed a close association with Devonport since first running at the carnival in 2002.

She returned in 2005 and 2009 and at her last appearance helped Devonport to be judged as the best carnival in Australia.

Pittman always enjoys running on the soft grass track at Devonport and under the handicap conditions the carnival offers.

Two years ago she contested seven races over the two nights, even asking club officials if she could be a late entry into one of them.

Despite giving away impossible starts Pittman has thrilled the Devonport crowds with a third in the 2002 Devonport Gift and minor placings in the 70m and 800m on her last visit.

Athletics Australia head coach Eric Hollingsworth outlined Pittman's future race program earlier this week.

The Devonport Carnival is considered an easy assignment for her as she will then step up for a 4 x 400 metre relay in Brisbane in early January to try to set a qualifying time for the Olympic Games.

An Olympic Games gold medal is the only thing missing from Pittman's trophy cabinet.

She has won the 400 metre hurdles world championship twice, firstly in Paris in 2003 and then in Osaka in 2007.

She has four Commonwealth Games gold medals to her credit winning the 400m hurdles and as a member of Australia's 4 x 400m relay in Manchester in 2002 and then repeating the effort in Melbourne four years later.

But her career hasn't been all plain sailing.

She has been beset with injuries including a cartilage tear and the latest achilles tendon injury that has sidelined her for the majority of the year.

Pittman was also involved in an ``on again-off again'' marriage to British runner Chris Rawlinson as well as a spat with fellow runner Tamsyn Lewis.



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Jana to run at Burnie in Olympics lead-up

BY SHANNON SHEPHARD
The Advocate
30 Nov, 2011


TWO-time world 400m hurdle champion Jana Pittman will run at Burnie for the first time in her career on New Year's Day.
Pittman will return to the state for the Basslink Christmas Carnivals Series, where she will compete in the two-day Devonport Carnival on December 29-30, followed by the Burnie Carnival on January 1.

Sports Carnivals Association of Tasmania athlete coordinator Rod Walker said Pittman officially signed on to compete in the carnivals on Sunday and was sure to be a major drawcard for spectators.

"It's great to have Jana on board again as she is always a crowd pleaser," Walker said.

"It is the first time she has competed in the Burnie Carnival and she will run in the 400m."

Walker said Pittman was almost certain to also compete in a composite relay team at the carnival.

"Jana is always competitive at Devonport, so it will be interesting to see how she goes at Burnie," he said.

"It's great to have runners of her calibre prepared to come back and compete."

Pittman first competed in Devonport in 2002 before returning in 2005, with her last appearance in 2009.

While not having won an event in Devonport, Pittman finished third in the Devonport Gift in 2002.

A two-time world champion in the 400m hurdles, in 2003 and 2007, Pittman also won gold medals at the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games and was part of Australia's winning 4 x 400m relay teams at both events.

Currently on the comeback trail from injury, having spent a vast amount of time of the sidelines this year thanks to an achilles injury, Pittman will use the carnivals as part of her preparation towards making the Australian athletics team for next year's London Olympics.

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