Sally Pearson roars back to win world championships 100m hurdles gold

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Sally Pearson roars back to win world championships 100m hurdles gold

London: Australia's Sally Pearson completed one of the great sporting comebacks when she overcame two years of injury agony to win the world 100 metres hurdles title at the age of 30 on Saturday.

Pearson, world champion in 2011 and Olympic gold medallist in 2012, missed the last two seasons due to hamstring and achilles injuries and a badly broken wrist but when she clocked 12.48 in the London Diamond League last month - her fastest time for five years - she realised she was in medal-contending form.

She did not need to go that fast on Saturday but barely noticed the clock as she posted 12.59 seconds, screaming "oh my God" repeatedly after crossing the 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," said Pearson, who also has Olympic and world silvers to her name.

Dawn Harper Nelson, who won gold at the 2008 Olympics and silver behind Pearson in 2012 and was one of four Americans in the final, took silver in 12.63 ahead of Germany's Pamela Dutkiewicz, who claimed a surprise bronze in 12.72.

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Posted By: smh.com.au

Date Posted: Sat, 12 Aug 2017, 04:51 pm

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