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Gold for Pearson at world athletics championships

13 August, 2017, 21:09 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Yaime Perez in the discus at the IAAF World Championships London 2017

The Australian was already seen as one of the greatest hurdlers of all time heading into this final, though her triumph here after a fractured wrist in 2015 and a hamstring injury in 2016 seeing her miss the World Championships and Olympics respectively will only add to her status as an all-time great.

Defending champions Danielle Williams and her three Jamaican teammates have failed to advance to the final of the women's 100-metre hurdles at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London on Friday.

"I've got the most tight-knit little squad, I call them Team Pearson - my friends and my mum and my husband and my training partners, [although] I've only got two of them", she said. "Am I going to be able to listen to my body and be smart about it and look after it?' I just said 'Well, you are going to have to try".

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

Harrison set the world record of 12.20 at the London Stadium past 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.

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

Harrison faded to finish fourth.

Pearson thanked her close inner-circle for getting her across the line.

"(Silver in) 2008 was a surprise, in a way that was just pure excitement", Pearson said.

"I was pretty nervous because it has been a while since I've done a championship race but I felt comfortable".

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

Pearson's winning time was actually slower than in her semifinal, in which she breezed to victory in a 12.53, though it seems unlikely that the two-time World champion will be too bothered as she capped off her return from injury with one of the sport's biggest prizes.

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

But the people she wanted to thank first on crossing the line to claim world championships gold in the 100m hurdles were those who had been there every day for the past year and more.

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

"Silver tastes like gold tonight", she said.

"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 had missed four years of major world competitions since the 2013 world championships in Moscow where she won silver.

After injury denied Pearson of the opportunity to defend her Olympic crown past year in Rio, she chose to coach herself.

Dutkiewicz said: "I can not believe it, I dreamed about this".

"But I knew I could do it". She won gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 but those games stand apart from world competition.

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