Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Gold for Pearson at world athletics championships

Gold for Pearson at world athletics championships

Australia's Sally Pearson has won her second world women's 100 meters hurdles title in six years at the World Athletics Championships here.

It was a remarkable comeback for the Australian as she had suffered two years of injury hell missing both the 2015 world championships and the Olympics last year.

The 30-year-old's sublime run contrasted sharply with America's world record holder Kendra Harrison who squeaked into the final as the slowest of the two fastest losers who qualify.

"That was bloody hard", an emotional Pearson said shortly after crossing the finish line.

Germany's Pamela Dutkiewicz claimed the bronze in 12.72 and Harrison trailed home in fourth place. "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.

"I've worked so hard, I don't know what has just happened out there".

"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".

With Olympic gold and silver medals and now two world championship golds and a worlds silver to her name, Pearson stands as the most decorated track athlete and arguably the best overall athlete Australia has produced in the modern era.

Former men's 110m hurdles world record holder Colin Jackson described the Australian's technique as "absolutely flawless" and that, combined with her famed winning mentality and now a body again able to match her mind, took her over the line.

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

"When I knew I felt that I knew it was in me to do it".

Back in London, and back fit and firing, Pearson flew out of the blocks and held off Dawn Harper-Nelson to take the title.

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.

"I can not believe it, it's insane", said Dutkiewicz.

Harrison's problems started as she hit the first hurdle and dropped to seventh and it was only her detemination and class that saw her get back into contention to fight her way back to third and just make the final.

Meanwhile, local favourite Mo Farah had to settle for a silver medal as he was beaten to 5000 metres gold by Muktar Edris in his final major championship race.

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

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