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I boobed having implants says Rawlinson

Jana Rawlinson hopes the removal of her implants will boost her chances of a medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Jana Rawlinson hopes the removal of her implants will boost her chances of a medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Australian 400m hurdler Jana Rawlinson has had her breast implants removed
  • The 27-year-old hopes to boost her chances of winning a medal at the 2012 Olympic Games
  • Rawlinson won the 400m hurdles at the 2003 Paris world championships and four years later in Osaka.

(CNN) -- Australian hurdler Jana Rawlinson has had her breast implants removed to boost her chances of winning a medal for her country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The 27-year-old Rawlinson, whose private life has often made headlines in Australia, said she enjoyed having larger breasts but did not want to "short-change Australia".

"I absolutely loved having bigger boobs, but finally I've grown up enough to know myself -- to be honest about who I am when I look in the mirror," Rawlinson told the Woman's Day magazine.

"I don't want to short-change Australia either -- I want to feel the most athletic I can, to know that I'm standing on the track in London the fittest I can be."

"There are a couple of girls -- who I won't name -- in world athletics who are Olympic champions, but they look like men and I don't want to be like that.
--Jana Rawlinson

The double 400 meter hurdles world champion, who reportedly plans to remarry her estranged British husband and fellow-athlete Chris Rawlinson, told the magazine she had the implants because she was unhappy with her athletic figure.

"When I looked in the mirror I just saw muscled arms, broad shoulders and big, strong legs," she said. "These are assets I need to run well, but they didn't make me feel like an attractive woman.

"There are a couple of girls -- who I won't name -- in world athletics who are Olympic champions, but they look like men and I don't want to be like that."

Rawlinson won the 400m hurdles at the 2003 Paris world championships and four years later in Osaka, Japan.