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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Pittman out of Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and finally - Melbourne.

Pittman out of Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and finally - Melbourne.

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http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/12850812/pittman-return-to-track-hits-hurdle/
Pittman return to track hits hurdle

Gene Stephan,
The West Australian
February 9, 2012,




Jana Pittman's string of false starts continues, with the two-times world champion abandoning plans for a comeback at the Go for 2&5 Track Classic at the WA Athletics Stadium on Saturday.

The 29-year-old has withdrawn from Perth's star-studded event with a foot injury, a day after Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker abandoned his domestic campaign for the season, putting at risk selection for the London Olympics.

Pittman, who has had only one major outing in Australia since winning Commonwealth Games gold in Melbourne in 2006, was hoping to launch her Olympic 400m hurdles campaign in Perth, where she competed last year.

The 2003 and 2007 world champion was forced out of the 400m at a race in Melbourne last weekend, with scans showing a rupture of the plantar fascia in her foot.

Athletics Australia high performance manager Eric Hollingsworth said the good news was that the problem was not more serious.

It is hoped she will be able to resume training for the Sydney Track Classic on February 18.

Athletics WA chief executive Wayne Loxley said the loss of two high-profile Australian athletes should not detract from the race meeting, with a high-calibre international field joining the likes of 100m hurdles world champion Sally Pearson on Saturday night.

"Losing Jana is obviously disappointing. She has been given an injury exemption because this is a selection event for London," he said. "We cannot overlook that this is the best field we have assembled in WA since the early 90s."

Former US pole vault champion Mark Hollis wants to take advantage of the conditions to boost his personal best of 5.75m.

"It is disappointing for Steve (Hooker) that he is not competing because he is someone I have looked up to for years," Hollis said.

He said he had heard a lot about how good conditions were in Perth.

"There have been some record-breaking performances here and I have some big poles in the bag hoping to increase my personal best by 10cm or 15cm," Hollis said.

He said he would be training indoors if at home in Indianapolis, where it has been -5C.

Hollis believes Hooker has enough time to mount a successful challenge for London.

"From what I have heard, he is in great physical shape, but the pole vault is such a unique sport; you can be in great shape but if the vault and the technique is not there, it does not stand for much," he said.

"To jump the heights he is and I am you are on very big poles and you need the confidence to know you are not going to go straight up and down.You have to take a big step back, to find that confidence again."

"She has been given an injury exemption because this is a selection event for London."



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Can Mirrorz put forward a motion to prevent any Jana Pittman injury stories for the next 3 months?

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Apologies to Smoke n Mirroz, but now she's a confirmed scratching....again, we can leave the subject alone for a while.


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-22/pittman-to-miss-olympic-trials/3845746?section=sport

Pittman to miss Olympic trials

ABC.net.au
February 22, 2012



Pittman not running at trials Photo: Jana Pittman believes she can
still make the Olympics but the trial comes to soon in her recovery.
(Mark Dadswell: Getty Images)



Jana Pittman is remaining upbeat about her London Olympics campaign, despite being forced out of next month's trials with yet another foot injury.

Pittman, 29, suffered the fourth plantar fascia injury of her career early this month.

It is the same problem she incurred early in 2007, the year she went on to win the second of her 400 metres hurdles world titles in Osaka.

Having withdrawn from recent Australian Athletics Tour meets in Perth and Sydney, Pittman decided she would also be wise to skip the March 2-3 Olympic trials in Melbourne.

She will still earn a spot on the London Games team if she twice betters the qualifying standard of 55.50 seconds in the next four months.

"I'm going really well but I'm only just back running so I'm going to give the trials a miss," Pittman, who has a personal best of 53.22 set back in 2003.

"I'm not going to qualify next week anyway - I reckon I'd be lucky if I ran 56 seconds.

"So with Lauren Boden doing an A qualifier (of 55.45 in Sydney last weekend), I may as well sit tight and wait until the nationals in Melbourne."

Provided the recovery from the foot injury goes as planned, the timing of the national championships - from April 13-15 at the new Lakeside Stadium - is ideal for Pittman, who would also look to better the qualifying mark at a meet in Asia in May or early June.

"I know that so long as I do two A qualifiers, I'm sweet," she said.

"This year is not about medals, it's about getting to the Olympics.

"I at least want to make the final at the Olympics and, if I push it too hard now, I'm not going to be there, let alone get a performance that I'll be happy with.

"Ideally, I'll get one qualifier in Melbourne and one in Asia, provided I can get into a race.

"To be honest, I don't care if I'm running in lane eight - we're talking about 55.5.

"I don't care if I just get under the qualifying mark. I'll still go to the Olympics.

"I just want to be a part of it this year."

Pittman missed the 2008 Beijing Olympics with a toe injury.

She also suffered a serious knee injury on the eve of the 2004 Games in Athens, although she recovered well enough to finish fifth, having won the world title the previous year.

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