By Susan Porter, World-Track
LONDON — Australia’s Jana Pittman-Rawlinson has been ruled out of next month’s World Championships and will not defend her 400m hurdles crown because of persistent back injury injury.
The quest, however, came to an end as the 26-year-old is now suffering from hamstring soreness which was diagnosed as being caused by a bulging disc in her back.
"Unfortunately the injury to my back has meant I haven’t been able to train properly for six weeks and despite intensive treatment," the Australian said in a statement from London on Sunday.
"It is still causing me a lot of pain and hampering my running.
"I will now continue treatment over the next few weeks before I head back to Australia, where I hope I can recover from this latest setback and get back on track for my long term goal and dream — winning the Olympic gold in London."
The injury was her second setback for two major season, following a toe injury that forced her to skip the Beijing Olympic Games last summer.