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Jana Pittman out of World Champs

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1 Jana Pittman out of World Champs on Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:37 am



Jana Pittman out of world championships, Craig Mottram hopeful of regaining fitness

By Nicole Jeffery
The Australian
June 07, 2011

ONE comeback star is out but another is still fighting to compete at the world championships in Daegu, South Korea after both Jana Pittman and Craig Mottram had injury setbacks last week.

Dual world champion Pittman underwent minor surgery on her achilles paratenon (the fibrous sheath around the achilles tendon) in her left ankle last week and will run out of time to be fit for the world titles in late August.

National head coach Eric Hollingsworth said Pittman had been experiencing pain in the achilles area whenever she stepped up the intensity of her training and had decided her best option was to have the problem fixed now to give her a clear run at next year's London Olympics.

"It's a niggle she has when she gets to the load point of training for a 53-second 400m hurdles , that's when she gets a problem in that area," Hollingsworth said.

"She could go to the world titles and compete at the 54-second level and maybe make a final but we (he and Pittman's coach Phil King) recommended to her that she look to the Olympics where she will need to be at the 53-second level to win a medal."

Pittman had the same surgery on her other ankle some years ago and is not expected to have any on-going issues as her surgeon has reassured her that the tendon is healthy.

Mottram was due to return to the track over his favoured distance, 5000m, at this weekend's Diamond League event in New York, but has delayed after a hamstring scare at his training base in Boulder, Colorado.

His coach Chris Wardlaw said they would postpone his return at the highest level until the next round of the Diamond League in Lausanne on June 30.

"He had a little tweak of his hammy and missed a couple of track sessions and we want to get that work in before he races," Wardlaw explained.

"He's really fit but we are taking everything with due care (after Mottram spent two years off the track with a serious achilles tendon injury)."

Wardlaw remains confident that Mottram will qualify to run the 5000m in Daegu.

"We think he's going well enough to hit it (the qualifying time) straight away in his first race and then be firing for Daegu," Wardlaw said.

Hollingsworth predicted that three of Australia's leading middle distance men - Ryan Gregson, Jeff Riseley and Mottram - would prove their form and earn selection in the national team over the next month.

National 1500m champion Riseley will run the prestigious Dream Mile in Oslo on Thursday night.

2 Re: Jana Pittman out of World Champs on Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:00 pm


Jana is the most injury prone athlete in Australian aths history.
How much longer can AA keep funding her when she doesnt compete?

3 Re: Jana Pittman out of World Champs on Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:41 am


How much longer can AA keep funding her when she doesnt compete?
She hardly gets anything dude!
Free gym, a few physio treatments, the odd flight to compete (but who doesn't get this!) is not that much.

AA would spend more money on their Christmas piss up than on her.

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