In an effort to replicate the heats, semi-finals and final scenarios she hopes to face in Osaka, Rawlinson raced to her second victory of the weekend. After winning in Rome on Friday night, she travelled on Saturday before returning to the track on Sunday to win in 54.60. Britain's Natasha Danvers-Smith was second (55.31), just as she was at last year’s Commonwealth Games, with Sandra Glover of the US third in 55.54.
“Cornelis watched me race for the first time. He came to the warm-up track and I fed him during the warm-up, so I was as relaxed as I’ve ever been for a race,” Rawlinson said. “Although he fell asleep and missed the race.”
During the race Rawlinson continued to work on her stride pattern and was happier with the result.
“I hit the seventh hurdle quite hard, so I’ve got a nice bloody bruise, and the last hurdle wasn’t great but it was much better than it has been. It was one of my best runs this season.”
She and husband and coach Chris, are now contemplating a solid training block in order to refine the speed endurance that will be required to be at the pointy end of the field in Osaka.
“I need to get down into the 53’s to be competitive in Osaka and we think that we need a little more training, rather than racing. I’m injury free and winning races, so we are ahead of where we thought we would be seven months ago.”
Fourth is no good enough