Super Sally Pearson crowned world champion in golden comeback

Ross Houston
August 13, 2017

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.

She missed the last two seasons due to hamstring and Achilles injuries and a badly broken wrist and feared for her career.

"Every single emotion that you can hold in your body just came out when I crossed that finish line".

Sally Pearson's second world championship gold has elevated her to position of the best Australian track athlete of the modern era, says Australia's head coach.

'It's been a long journey back from injury, but to get this moment and go and celebrate in front of my family is unreal, ' Pearson said.

"My husband (school sweetheart Kieran) is in the crowd there somewhere, I'll try and find him and give him a hug soon".

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

Pearson sacked her last coach and started coaching herself this year.

The Gold Coast hurdler has one more world championship medal in her CV with two world titles, a silver at world championships to go with Olympic gold and silver medals.

She assumed favouritism for the 2017 world title by clocking the fastest semi-final time of 12.53 on Friday evening and carried that dominance into the final.

"At the end, I could see Sally had won and I thought 'it's me and Sally again (like in Beijing in 2008)'".

"She is the first person to do that, anyone would be impressed. She has got the determination that whatever she sets her mind to she is going to do it and she is going to do it properly so there were never any doubts about her achieving her dreams".

Jamaican Yanique Thompson, who was also in the heat, finished third in 12.88 and just failed to qualify on time.

She controlled the race from there, winning in 12.59 seconds ahead of long-time rival Dawn-Harper Nelson (12.63). However, the American was overhauled by strong finishes from Harper-Nelson and Dutkiewicz (and eventually Harrison, who finished in fourth after a strong final two hurdles) though no one could get close to the Australian, who took the victory.

"I love this stadium, I love the people and I'm so happy to have been back here doing the same thing again (winning gold)".

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

"Me and Sally have just battled it out for years and it's been so great to be here with her", Harper Nelson said. Since former champion Dawn Harper Nelson (season best 12.63) won the heat, the Americans have four in the final and could sweep the medals again - like they did past year at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

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

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