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Jana Pittman in the 400m hurdles final at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, where she placed 5th.

In her most serious encounter since returning to competition after giving birth to son Cornelus last December, Jana Rawlinson (nee Pittman) has defeated a star-studded line up to take victory at the IAAF World Athletics Tour meeting in Athens.Rawlinson (54.25) and pole vaulter Steve Hooker (5.85m) both scored stunning victories

Craig Mottram 8th in the 5000m at Athens 2004.

Matching the class of his African counterparts Craig Mottram has won the Emil Zatopek 5000m against a star-studded field at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava overnight.In what Australian athletics fans hope is a sign of things to come at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka in 66 days time, Mottram stormed home in 13:04.97

Craig Mottram 8th in the 5000m at Athens 2004.

The lucrative IAAF Golden League kicks off Friday night at the Bislett Games in Oslo and Australia will be represented by big guns Craig Mottram, Sarah Jamieson and Donna MacFarlane in a line up which is headlined by world 100m record holder Asafa Powell and world pole vault record holder Yelena Isinbayeva.

Jana Pittman in the 400m hurdles final at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, where she placed 5th.

Jana Rawlinson (nee Pittman) has provided a standout performance as she and other Osaka-bound Australian athletes continue their preparation for the World Championships, which begin in late August.

Nathan Deakes

Australia's world record holder Nathan Deakes has added the 50km walk to his program for the world track and field championships in Japan later this year. Deakes, who had already been selected to race the 20km event, has now been picked to contest the 50km walk as well.

Sally McLellan powers to victory in the 100m hurdles at the Osaka Grand Prix on May 5 2007 in an Australian Record 12.71s.

Gold Coast sprint star Sally McLellan has smashed her own Australian 100m hurdles record in recording the fastest time in the world this year at the World Athletics Tour event in Osaka, Japan.

Claire Mallett is a young high jumper on the up and Beijing is not out of reach.

While many of Australia’s track and field athletes are spending the coming months chasing competition and money around the globe, high jumper Claire Mallett is happy to stick to her training routine in Sydney.

Sally McLellan powers to victory in the 100m hurdles at the Osaka Grand Prix on May 5 2007 in an Australian Record 12.71s.

Gold Coast sprint star Sally McLellan has smashed her own Australian 100m hurdles record in recording the fastest time in the world this year at the World Athletics Tour event in Osaka, Japan.

Dani Samuels of Australia places seventh in the final of the Shot Put at the World Junior Championships, August 15 in Beijing China.

Following the National Championships in Brisbane last month Athletics Australia named a squad of 40 athletes for the 11th IAAF World Championships to be held in Osaka, Japan in August 2007.

Craig Mottram celebrates winning the 3000m at the World Cup on September 17, 2006 at the Olympic Stadium in Athens.

Athletics Australia today named a squad of 40 athletes to participate in the 11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics to be held in Osaka, Japan in August 2007. The squad is headed by 2003 world 400m hurdles champion Jana Rawlinson and 2005 World Championship bronze medallist Craig Mottram.