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Back injury sidelines Pittman from hurdles

Updated: July 28, 2005, 9:50 AM ET
Reuters

LONDON -- World 400 meters hurdles champion Jana Pittman will not defend her title at next month's championships because of a back injury.

The 22-year-old Australian withdrew on Thursday after being diagnosed with a hairline stress fracture in her back last week.

"It's disappointing not to defend my title but rehabilitation is my number one priority to avoid serious long-term injury damage," Pittman told the Athletics Australia Web site.

"I'm looking forward to being fit and ...

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