Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Super Sally Pearson crowned world champion in golden comeback

Hurdlers in the opening round of the women's 100m hurdles at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 11 AUG 2017 Hurdlers in the opening round of the women's 100m hurdles at the IAAF World Championships London 2017
Lucia Summers | 13 August, 2017, 14:55

Sally Pearson has completed a remarkable comeback, storming home to win gold at the 100m hurdles in London and becoming the world champion once again.

The 30-year-old, world champion in 2011, missed last year's Rio Olympics with a hamstring injury and the previous season suffered a broken arm in a fall in a race in Rome.

After injury denied Pearson of the opportunity to defend her Olympic crown a year ago in Rio, she made a decision to coach herself.

Harrison had blasted out of the blocks but faded as Pearson arrived on her shoulder and the Australian hurdled to a famous victory. "There were so many big names in the field and since I was a girl I have been admiring Sally Pearson".

Sally Pearson, right, in action on her way to winning the gold medal in the women's 100-meter hurdles final during the World Athletics Championships in London Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. She won gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 but those games stand apart from world competition.

Her last appearance at the world titles was in Moscow in 2013 where she claimed the silver medal.

"But the emotion just escaped my body because I was so excited and so happy to have achieved what I have worked so hard for".

Hilliard said the coaching as well as the injuries marked Pearson's performance as extraordinary.

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Her husband Kieran agreed, saying Sally amazed him "every day".

She added: "I have no idea where my mum is sitting".

"But I knew I could do it".

The Jamaican, who had looked in great shape in the morning heats, was never at the races after hitting the first hurdle and clattered several more to round off a disappointing defence of her title.

Favorite Kendra Harrison, who set the world record in the London Stadium past year having missed out on Olympic selection, clattered too many barriers as she did in the semis and finished fourth in 12.74.

"I watched what happened at the warm-up track ..."

She assumed favouritism for the world title by clocking the fastest semi-final time of 12.53 on Friday evening and carried that dominance into the final.

"She warmed up really well and she was just controlled in everything she did, went in, and she just finds another, she's like Cathy Freeman, she finds another 10 per cent. I watched her warm up out there out of the corner of my eye and they were doing things that I thought were a bit different to what she had normally done as part of her warm-up and I thought there were perhaps a few demons going through her head", Hilliard said.

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