Sport Gold medal for Pearson in hurdles at WC

06:25  13 august  2017
06:25  13 august  2017 Source:   msn.com

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The Australian standout won the women's 100m hurdles final in 12.59 over silver medalist Dawn Harper Nelson (12.63) of the U.S. and bronze Her gold medal in London marks her third global championship title after winning at the 2011 IAAF World Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games.

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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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Sally Pearson caps an extraordinary comeback from injury to win gold in the 100m hurdles at the world athletics championships.

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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.

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On the eve of her 31st birthday she arrived in London as a relative outsider and won gold . Australia's Sally Pearson celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 100m hurdles final.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Sally Pearson of Australia celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women's 100m Hurdles Final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

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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