Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Sally Pearson storms to 100m hurdles victory

Sally Pearson storms to 100m hurdles victory

Sally Pearson, now 30 years old, has won the 100m hurdles final at the world athletics championships in London.

Pearson, world champion in 2011 and Olympic gold medallist in 2012, missed the last two seasons through hamstring and achilles injuries and a badly broken wrist but blasted back to win in 12.59 seconds, screaming "oh my God" repeatedly after crossing the line.

'I don't know if it was surprise or what, 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, ' Pearson said.

Sally Pearson's second world championship gold has elevated her to position of the best Australian track athlete of the modern era, says Australia's head coach.

"It's been a long journey back from injury, but to get this moment and go and celebrate in front of my family is unreal".

World record holder Kendra Harrison disappointed in finishing only fourth confirming that her Achilles heel is a lack of championship experience having failed to make the Olympic team a year ago.

Making the victory even more special was that Pearson had coached herself for the past year.

Defending champions Danielle Williams and her three Jamaican teammates have failed to advance to the final of the women's 100-metre hurdles at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London on Friday.

Hilliard said he always felt world record-holder Kendra Harrison would be vulnerable in the heat of a championship final, especially once she had stumbled in the semi-final.

'She is the first person to do that, anyone would be impressed, ' he said.

Asian Stocks Sink Most This Year on US-North Korea Rhetoric
Crude oil prices tumbled on the back of the selloff on Wall Street and lingering concerns over global oversupply. Spot gold added 0.4 percent to $1,265.18 an ounce, pulling away from the previous session's two-week lows.

'I never doubted (the self-coaching) - she knows her body, she has been doing it more than long enough.

"At the end, I could see Sally had won and I thought 'it's me and Sally again (like in Beijing in 2008)'".

She controlled the race from there, winning in 12.59 seconds ahead of long-time rival Dawn-Harper Nelson (12.63).

"I love this stadium".

World record holder Kendra Harrison from the United States finished out of the medals in fourth place.

The race was over as a contest as Pearson hurdled impeccably to hit the line in 12.53sec a broad grin spreading across her face and then clenched her fists in celebration.

"Me and Sally have just battled it out for years and it's been so great to be here with her", Harper Nelson said.

'They're the ones I have to thank tonight because I don't think I would be here without them.

The Briton had won over 5000m and 10,000m at the past two IAAF World Championships and Olympic Games, but Ethiopia's Edris denied him gold with a time of 13 minutes and 32.79 seconds. "If anyone sees Anne McLellan tell her to come down here so I can give her a hug!"

Her next challenge will be winning a third successive Commonwealth title on home soil on the Gold Coast next year.

Like this: