Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Pearson into 100m hurdles final

Pearson into 100m hurdles final

Australia's Sally Pearson has overcome a horrific run of injuries to win in the women's 100m hurdles final at the IAAF World Championships in London. But when she clocked 12.48 seconds in the London Diamond League last month - her fastest time for five years - she realized she was in medal-contending form.

Favourite Kendra Harrison, who set the world record in the London Stadium a year ago having missed out on Olympic selection, again clattered too many barriers as she did in the semis and finished fourth in 12.74.

The American recovered well enough to claim the last available qualifying berth in 12.86, sneaking through by one hundredth of a second.

World record holder Kendra Harrison took the early lead, but Pearson had the American covered by the second hurdle.

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Pearson broke her wrist in 2015 and missed the 2016 Olympic Games with achilles and hamstring injuries. "I'm so exhausted but I'm sure it will sink in soon", Pearson said.

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

"I remember someone saying "you can be the world champion again" and I didn't feel awkward about that".

"I love this stadium, I love the people and I'm so happy to be back here doing the same thing again".

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

Back in London, and back fit and firing, Pearson flew out of the blocks and held off Dawn Harper-Nelson to take the title.

"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.

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.

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

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