Pittman back on track for 2016 Summer Olympics
SYDNEY (AP) — Two-time world champion hurdler Jana Pittman has left the Sochi Olympics bobsled track behind and will begin her preparations for the 2016 Summer Games in more familiar conditions.
Pittman on Thursday said she’ll compete in the 400-meter women’s handicap race at this year’s 133rd running of the Stawell Gift in Victoria state from April 20-21.
The 31-year-old Pittman became the first Australian woman to compete at both the Summer and Winter Olympics in February, finishing 14th in the two-person bobsled in Sochi.
She won the world 400-meter hurdles titles in 2003 and 2007 but has no Olympic medals after sustaining injuries before and during past Summer Games.
Pittman says the 400 meters will be a challenge “considering I haven’t run over 120 meters in two years.”