Sport Gold medal for Pearson in hurdles at WC

06:25  13 august  2017
06:25  13 august  2017 Source:   MSN

Pearson cruises through to hurdles semis

  Pearson cruises through to hurdles semis Sally Pearson has eased into the semi-finals of the women's 100m hurdles at the world athletics championships. Pearson, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist and 2013 world champion, clocked a winning time of 12.72 seconds.Also through to the semis on Friday night (early Saturday AEST) are world record holder Kendra Harrison (12.60) and fellow Americans Dawn Harper-Nelson and Nia Ali. © AP Photo/Martin Meissner Australia's Sally Pearson competes in a women's 100m hurdles first round heat during the World Athletics Championships in London.

Sally Pearson stormed to 100 metre hurdles gold at the London Olympics. Australian hurdler Sally Pearson will return to the scene of her greatest triumph when the World Athletics Championships get underway at the London Stadium, hopeful of capping an emotionally draining comeback with a spot

Pearson is the first AUS to win a medal at w100mH in WC . 12.28 is the 7th (tie) fastest time in history. QT2: Pearson joins Asbel Kiprop in becoming the first world championship gold medal winners for their countries in the 100 hurdles and 1500m, respectively.

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Australia's Sally Pearson has capped an extraordinary comeback from injury by winning gold in the 100m hurdles at the world athletics championships.

Competing at her first major global championship since 2013 and having overcome serious wrist, hamstring and achilles injuries, Pearson powered away from the field on Saturday to win in 12.59 seconds.

Her long-time rival Dawn Harper-Nelson from the United States was second in 12.63 and Germany's Pamela Dutkiewicz claimed the bronze in 12.72.

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Jones had been the leading hurdler in 2008, and had a decent lead in the Olympic final until she hit the penultimate hurdle and faded to finish seventh. That was the race that indelibly changed their careers. It was a confidence boost for Pearson , convincing her she could win an Olympic gold medal .

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

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

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

"I'm so tired but I'm sure it will sink in soon.

Pearson's long-time rival Dawn Harper-Nelson from the United States was the second-fastest qualifier in 12.63. © AP Photo/Matt Dunham Pearson's long-time rival Dawn Harper-Nelson from the United States was the second-fastest qualifier in 12.63. "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."

It was a third major 100m hurdles title for Pearson, who had previously won gold at the 2011 world championships in Daegu and the 2012 London Olympics.

The 30-year-old joined 400m runner Cathy Freeman and 400m hurdler Jana Pittman as the only Australians to have won two world track and field titles.

Pearson chasing yet another major medal

  Pearson chasing yet another major medal Sally Pearson is chasing a fifth major medal at the world athletics championships in London. The loss of Jared Tallent to a hamstring injury lays bare the level of expectation on Sally Pearson to once again save Australia's skin on the medals table at the world athl Since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the ultra-consistent walker and the sprint hurdles queen have been responsible for more than 50 per cent of the medals - 11 out of 21 - accrued by Australia at global championships.

Sally Pearson net worth started to find its way up as she made her international debut in 2003. She won a gold medal in 2003 World Youth Championship in Canada for 100 meters hurdles .

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

After injury denied Pearson of the opportunity to defend her Olympic crown last year in Rio, she decided to coach herself.

It proved to be masterstroke.

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 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.

"I love this stadium, I love the people and I'm so happy to have been back here doing the same thing again (winning gold)."

It was the latest instalment of the great rivalry between Pearson and Harper-Nelson, with the American having relegated the Australian into second spot at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, only for Pearson to reverse that result four years later in London.

"Me and Sally have just battled it out for years and it's been so great to be here with her," said the 33-year-old Harper.

"Silver tastes like gold tonight.

"I am really excited to come out of this with a medal for the US.

"At the end, I could see Sally had won and I thought 'it's me and Sally again'."

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