LONDON 2017: Sally Pearson wins gold in 100-metre hurdles

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2017

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.

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

American veteran Dawn Harper Nelson was second, .04 seconds behind, and Pamela Dutiewicz of Germany took bronze in 12.72.

Harrison set the world record of 12.20 at the London Stadium previous year, but only after missing out on the United States team for Rio, and suffered more disappointment here as she clipped hurdle after hurdle to come home fourth in 12.74.

Harrison faded to finish fourth.

The race was over as a contest as Pearson hurdled impeccably to hit the line in 12.53sec a broad grin spreading across her face and then clenched her fists in celebration.

"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've left no stone unturned to get here".

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

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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".

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

It proved to be masterstroke.

"On the first day of athletics at the Olympics I made a decision to coach myself", she said.

Pearson looked tense and focused before the race, not acknowledging the crowd when her name was called, but was hugely impressive quickly overhauling early leader Jamaican champion Megan Simmonds and opening a sizeable lead.

Her last appearance at the world titles was in Moscow in 2013 where she claimed the silver medal.

Ali's compatiot Christine Manning produced a faultless display in her semi to progress in 12.71 sec but the opposite was the case of Williams.

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