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Pearson wins women's 100m hurdles title at world athletics

Pearson wins women's 100m hurdles title at world athletics

After two years of injuries and numerous obstacles, the 30-year-old had stared down the world record holder and won her second world 100m hurdles title. "It wasn't surprise, it wasn't shock, I was just proud, so proud of what I had done to get here".

Once Pearson arrived at the pre-championships training camp in Tonbridge she handed responsibility for the final stage of her buildup to Australian head coach Craig Hilliard and team coach Matt Beckenham.

Harrison - who was the 1/6 on favourite for the title and had not been beaten in a race since the US Olympic trials a year ago - at least made it unlike Jamaica's defending champion Danielle Williams who flopped to finish fifth in her semi.

Pearson, whose English mother brought her up as a single parent and in very straitened circumstances, taking two jobs so her daughter could realise her dream, said it had been a long and hard road back to the top. Victory went to her veteran compatriot Dawn Harper-Nelson, the 33-year-old 2008 Olympic champion looking in remarkable shape as she won the race and then promptly performed a cartwheel in delight.

Statistically, Pearson has now won more individual Olympic and world championship medals than 400m champion Cathy Freeman.

After being the fastest qualifier into the final, the 2011 world champion took control of the race at the third hurdle where world record holder Kendra Harrison started to falter.

The world's greatest athlete pulls up short in final race.

After she crossed the finish line, an emotional Pearson said "that was bloody hard".

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

Athletics - World Athletics Championships - women's 100 metres hurdles final - London Stadium, London, Britain - August 12, 2017 - Sally Pearson of Australia celebrates after winning the gold medal.




Harper Nelson admitted she wasn't surprised to look across on the finish line and see that it was the Australian who'd denied her the gold medal.

In contrast to the experience of Pearson and Harper-Nelson, this is just Dutkiewicz's second senior medal, though the German will be confident heading into the European Championships in her home nation next year.

"Silver tastes like gold tonight".

"It's hard to compare eras, I don't think you can, and it would be stupid of me to do that - Betty Cuthbert was a freak".

She then missed the Rio Olympics because of Achilles and hamstring problems.

It proved to be masterstroke.

"I have just been lucky enough to see the whole journey and all the struggles she has gone through behind the scenes", he said.

"But I knew I could do it".

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

She parted with her long-term coach from her junior days, Sharon Hannan, after she won silver in Moscow.


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