Australian hurdler Jana Rawlinson makes winning leap
by auditioning contributor Jamey:
Australian athlete Jana Pittman Rawlinson, 24, won her second world championship gold medal in the 400 m hurdles. This is a another huge accomplishment in one year after giving birth to her baby boy, Cornelis Levi, 8 months ago. Jana says,
I thought ‘C’mon do it for Cor.’ He doesn’t understand now but he will understand in a few years time what it means.I can’t wait to give him a cuddle. He has changed my life and I don’t know if I could have done this effort without [my husband] Chris and him in my life. It has changed me as a person.
After the semi I had an inkling [about winning the race] but to be honest absolutely not, I mean how can you have a baby eight months ago and then do this? This is honestly the highlight of my life.
Jana is married to Chris Rawlinson, also a specialist 400 m hurdles runner, has been Jana’s personal coach since 2004. She recently announced that she would be retiring to concentrate on family life after the Beijing Olympics.
Thanks to CBB reader Jennie.