Rawlinson sweats on back injury ahead of world defence
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Last Updated: Friday, July 24, 2009, 18:25
Sydney: Jana Rawlinson's defence of her 400 metres hurdles world title has been cast in doubt after the Australian was diagnosed with a bulging disc in her back, local media reported.

Rawlinson, who recently returned to competition after a toe injury sidelined her for a year, had pulled out of this weekend's London Grand Prix meeting, a leading news agency said.

"We'll see what happens in the next few days," her coach Craig Hilliard told reporters.

"If she's back running pain-free and it does settle down then we'll look at forging ahead... But if it's still hanging around then time is starting to impinge."

The Berlin world championships start on Aug. 15.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, July 24, 2009, 18:25

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