Pittman's bobsleigh career gets a push

Former world champion hurdler Jana Pittman has made a promising start to her new career in bobsleigh.

In her first race, in Altenburg in Germany, Pittman pushed pilot Astrid Radjenovic to Australia's best ever World Cup finish of seventh in a field of 10.

Pittman, a two-time world champion in the 400m hurdles, is aiming to compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.

"My first runs down the track one week ago I found terrifying, but within one session I was in love with the sport and find it a big rush," Pittman said.

"I was honoured that Astrid chose me to push in the race.

"She drove the sled so well and I was determined to give her as good a push start as I could, with my limited experience on ice."

Dual Olympian Radjenovic said she wanted to test how Pittman would deal with the pressure.

"I knew it was a risk to put Jana in the race after just one week on ice, but I really wanted to give her the experience, and was impressed how well she rose to the challenge," she said.

"It was a good indication of what more we could achieve, with a year of hard training together and some new equipment."

The team has another World Cup in Konigssee, Germany next week.