Jana Pittman has dumped her coach.SYDNEY – Two-times world hurdles champion Jana Pittman has split with her coach Phil King less than seven months out from the London Olympics.
Pittman announced the move yesterday, saying it was a mutual decision and time for her to take more control of her program.
The 29-year-old, who won world titles in 2003 and 2007, admitted she faced an uphill battle to make it to the London Games in July, having struggled with leg injuries in recent years.
Melbourne-based King masterminded Pittman’s rise to claim her first world crown.
She’s since had other coaches including Craig Hilliard and English husband Chris Rawlinson but recently reunited with King, the husband of Australia’s other great 400-metre hurdler, 1988 Olympic champion Debbie Flintoff-King.
“I am incredibly grateful for the time and effort that Phil has dedicated to me over the years, but it is time for me to take ownership and more control of my program,” Pittman said. “I have been in elite sport now for over 15 years and along the way have had some of the world’s best coaches support and educate me on the discipline of 400m hurdles.
“It is with this vast amount of knowledge and experience that I now feel it is time for me to take a new direction in my training.
“In doing this, the buck stops with me and I am ultimately responsible for the outcomes.”
Further doubt was cast on Pittman’s Olympic ambitions when she pulled out of the Christmas carnival series in Devonport, citing an ankle injury.
“I will leave no stone unturned in my quest to achieve my Olympic dream,” Pittman said.
“However, I am realistic about the uphill battle I will climb between now and then.”
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