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1 Jana Rawlinson back with Phil King on Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:05 am



Jana on track with old mentor
By Nicole Jeffery
The Australian
March 29, 2011

JANA Rawlinson has been reunited with Phil King, the coach who guided her to her first world title in 2003, in an attempt to win the only title missing from her collection: Olympic gold.

Rawlinson split with King after their poor 2004 Olympic campaign, when a serious knee injury undermined her performance in Athens. She was coached by her husband, British Olympic hurdler Chris, to her second world 400m hurdles title in 2007.

But Rawlinson has been injured virtually ever since, missing the 2008 Olympics, 2009 world titles and last year's Commonwealth Games, and she contacted King in January to ask if he would return as her coach.

Since she came back from England in January, they have been working in Melbourne together. They have kept the renewed relationship under wraps as they re-established their partnership and honed Rawlinson's fitness for her comeback to the track at this week's Australian Athletics Tour final in Perth.

But King said Rawlinson was "running really well" and he was happily surprised by the pace of her progress since she had shaken off her last injury, a knee problem, in January.

King is one of the best-credentialled 400m hurdles coaches in the world.

He masterminded his wife Debbie Flintoff-King's sensational victory at the 1988 Seoul Olympics before agreeing to coach Rawlinson in 2003.

He has not coached at elite level since they split, concentrating on his swimming school business, but he said he was unable to resist working with an athlete of Rawlinson's calibre.

Rawlinson will race on Australian soil for the first time in five years in Perth.

Rawlinson will use the meet as a hitout for the national championships in Melbourne two weeks later.

2 Re: Jana Rawlinson back with Phil King on Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:09 am



She's back: Jana Rawlinson is set to run on home soil for the first time in years.

Hurdling superstar Jana Rawlinson reunites with coach Phil King

By John Salvado
The Daily Telegraph
March 29, 2011

HURDLING superstar Jana Rawlinson has reunited with coach Phil King, who masterminded the first of her two world championship titles.

After overcoming a dreadful run with injury, Rawlinson is set to race on Australian soil for the first time in five years at the Perth Track Classic on Thursday and Friday.

And in her corner will be the Melbourne-based King, the husband of Australia's other great 400m hurdler, Seoul 1988 Olympic champ Debbie Flintoff-King.

"Jana's being coached by Phil King again, he's back in the seat," Athletics Australia national high performance manager Eric Hollingsworth said on Monday.

"She's got the support team that was around her in 2003.

"So there's Phil King and I basically managing her, with Phil obviously as the coach."

Rawlinson's former coaches include Craig Hilliard and her English husband Chris Rawlinson, who won the men's 400m hurdles gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Hollingsworth said Rawlinson, 28, was in good shape ahead of her first competitive race since mid-2009 and her first on home soil since the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

After winning a second world championship crown in Osaka in 2007, Rawlinson has battled serious foot injuries that ruled her out of the Beijing Olympics, the 2009 world titles in Berlin and last year's Delhi Commonwealth Games.

"I always knew she would get back," said Hollingsworth.

"I've known Jana for a very long time, I was on the world junior team in 2000 as a coach when she did the double (in the 400m hurdles and 400m).

"We've had a close relationship for a number of years, we've always been honest with each other, I've always supported her.

"I'm probably her biggest fan.

"I've got no doubt she'll make it back and hopefully the next two years will prove that."

The news is also good for Australia's other gold medallist from the Osaka world championships, walker Nathan Deakes.

Competing over 50km for the first time since 2007, Deakes finished sixth in a time of three hours 48 minutes and two seconds in the IAAF Race Walking Challenge round in Dudince, Slovakia over the weekend.

The former world record holder is now well-placed to earn a spot in the Australian team for the world championships beginning in Daegu, South Korea in late August.

A litany of hamstring and hip complaints had kept Deakes on the sidelines for much of the last three years.

"Nathan is now that 50km super endurance man," said Hollingsworth.

"He's a legend of the event as a former world record holder.

"That event looks like the one for him for the remainder of his career and the young whipper-snappers can concentrate on the 20km."

3 Re: Jana Rawlinson back with Phil King on Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:19 pm



Rawlinson starts Olympic hurdle charge in Perth
The West Australian
March 30, 2011

Australia's most celebrated female athlete of the last decade has changed her mind about her husband and breast implants over the past few years, but it appears Jana Rawlinson will not adjust her focus for the 2012 London Olympics.

In Perth today to compete in the final leg of the Australian Athletics Tour tomorrow and Friday night - her first competition in Australia since winning gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games - Rawlinson is on the comeback trail after injuries restricted her to only three major competitions in recent times, with her last meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland in 2009.

Never far from a headline, Rawlinson has a yearning to add an Olympic gold medal for the 400m hurdles to accompany the two victories at the 2003 and 2007 world championships.

With former coach Phil King back driving Team Jana, Rawlinson will compete in the 400m hurdles on Friday night, after deciding not to race in tomorrow night's 400m flat event.

After studying many of Rawlinson's training sessions, Australian high performance manager Eric Hollingsworth believes the 28-year-old can again become a force on the world stage. Touch wood.

"Given 18 months without injury and Jana will certainly be among the gold medal favourites in London," Hollingsworth said in Perth yesterday.

"She looks very well, fit and healthy and more importantly, she looks happy and she is enjoying her training."

Rawlinson, who famously divorced and remarried her husband Chris Rawlinson last year and removed breast implants in order to run faster, clocked 53.31sec., to win the gold medal at the world championships in Osaka in 2007, and according to Hollingsworth, times have stalled since then.

"The event hasn't moved on since Jana's time," he said. "I could pretty much say right now that if she ran 53.3 in the Olympics final, that would get her a medal."

The path to London next year has a pit stop in Daegu, South Korea, where Rawlinson aims to compete in the world championships from August 27-September 4.

The entry pass is a qualifying time of 55.40sec.

4 Re: Jana Rawlinson back with Phil King on Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:31 am



Hurdles queen warms up for Perth return
The West Australian
March 31, 2011,

Two-time world champion Jana Pittman-Rawlinson has had her first training session in Perth ahead of her long-awaited return to competition at the Go for 2&5 Australian Athletics Tour final which gets underway tonight.

The 28-year-old will not be in action until tomorrow night, when she joins the field for the 400m hurdles, after withdrawing from tonight's 400m where she would have been up against long-time rival Tamsyn Lewis.

Pittman-Rawlinson spent almost three hours on the track mixing and chatting with other athletes, many who she has not seen since her last competitive outing on Australian soil at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006.

She had a relatively light work-out, with some hurdling thrown in, but was not willing to be engaged about her return to competition.

"I'm happy to talk after my race tomorrow and would rather not speak at the moment," she politely declined.

Pittman-Rawlinson has raced just three times in her favourite event, the 400m hurdles, in three years.

Her last competitive outing was in Lucerne, Switzerland, in July 2009.

Rawlinson, who has lived predominantly in England since marrying former British hurdler Chris Rawlinson in 2006, has been quietly training in Melbourne for the past month.

She has her eye on this year's world championships in South Korea in August in the lead-up to next year's London Olympics.

Pittman-Rawlinson attracted thousands to Perry Lakes Stadium in 2004 when she last competed in Perth.

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