in Great Early Season Form
Commonwealth 400m Hurdles Champion Jana Pittman showed
yet more of her developing abilities, when she clocked
a new best of 53.76 in the Telstar meeting in Canberra
on February 22nd. Finishing nearly three seconds ahead
of New Zealand's Rebbeca Wardell [whose 56.41 was none
the less a new National Record], the twenty year old
Australian confirmed why she is one of the few female
athletes who look capable taking the event back into
the 52 second territory and looks set to challenge Julia
Perchonkina dominance of the event.
Last season the Russian was the only athlete below 54
seconds, her 53.10 being over a second quicker than
second ranked Pittman, whose pb then stood at 54.14.
However the former double 400m/400H World Junior Champion
has now also clocked new best at 200m and 300m 23.56
and 36.34 on the same day at Campbelltown [the latter
being a new Australian Record] and will represent one
of Australia's best Gold medal prospects in the Paris
World Championships in August.