Stawell Gift: Olympians fall short on day two

AUSTRALIAN Olympians John Steffensen, Jana Pittman and Lauren Wells all fell short in the Stawell Gift heats on Sunday.

The three were all drawcards for the gift.

Steffensen was the backmarker off three metres in his heat of the 550-metre WH Earle Handicap, finishing fifth in a time of 1:12.59 and failing to qualify for the finals.

Pittman - a dual 400 metre hurdles world champion who recently became the first Australian woman to compete at both a Summer and Winter Olympic Games - finished third-last in her heat of the Endura Sports Lorraine Donan 400 Women's Handicap.

She was the backmarker off scratch, and finished in a time of 58 seconds.

Wells also missed out on the finals despite finishing second in her 400-metre heat in a time of 54.22 seconds.

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