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1 Pittman out to clear Rio hurdle on Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:24 pm



Pittman out to clear Rio hurdle

Daniel Lane
Sydney Morning Herald
September 23, 2012

TWO-TIME world 400-metre hurdles champion Jana Pittman has scrapped retirement plans and set her sights on competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics - and should all go to plan she might even represent Australia as Dr Jana Pittman.

On Friday, the 29-year-old was notified she had scored the marks required to study medicine but Pittman told The Sun-Herald an interview would determine if she was considered ''suitable'' for the field.

''Everything centres around the interview,'' said Pittman, who planned to become a surgeon. ''I genuinely want this as much as I want an Olympic gold medal because becoming a doctor is something I've dreamed about since I was five years old. My father made a classic quote on television after I won at my first Commonwealth Games in 2002. He was asked to describe his pride at my winning a Commonwealth title and dad said it meant a lot but he didn't believe in sport as a job and said I should go back to university and study medicine.''

Pittman was committed to juggling her studies, athletics training and motherhood - she has a five-year-old son, Cornelis - in the lead-up to Rio after a recent operation on her foot. ''I'd love to go to another Olympics,'' she said. ''It's all about getting fit and getting some running back into these legs. The injury made it hard for me to do much running in the last eight months. I had my first running session last weekend and it felt fantastic. It was a risky operation but I had no choice. It was either that or I couldn't even kick a football with my kid. I've been very lucky to have a successful career at world championships and Commonwealth Games level but what eludes me is that Olympic gold medal - or an Olympic medal of any colour.

''I would be over the moon with bronze. Provided I got into medicine, I think I'd focus over the next two years on being very fit and making my comeback in 2015. I will not let athletics go, though. I am going to chip away at it over the next two years and compete domestically. If I was enrolled into a university I'd look at the Commonwealth Games, depending on my studies.''

Pittman said she would like to return to her native NSW from her base in Victoria and study at the University of NSW, the University of Western Sydney or Newcastle to allow for her to train with private athletic squad Competitive Edge.

''After I missed selection for the London Olympics, I came very close to retiring,'' she said. ''But Hayden Knowles from Competitive Edge has been incredible and he's helped keep me in the sport.''

Pittman said an important part of her athletics education would occur in January when she would join Competitive Edge's tour of Jamaica, where a troupe of Australian athletes and coaches would benefit from unprecedented access to the programs and methods that had allowed the likes of Usain Bolt to conquer the world.

''The tour is a great opportunity for Australians to gain an insight into what those guys do over there,'' she said. ''It's actually a trip that could inspire our next champion.''

2 Re: Pittman out to clear Rio hurdle on Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:31 am


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What a dumbass article. Ignoring all the associated garbage, assuming Pittman performs sufficiently well on the interview to be offered a position, she would still not be able to commence the course before next February. With a minimum course duration of four years, she would not graduate or be accredited until December 2016. No Dr. Pittman at Rio. Awesome reporting skills.

3 Re: Pittman out to clear Rio hurdle on Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:29 pm


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Journalistic rule number 1

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story !

Thus "endith" the lesson.

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