Pearson fastest qualifier to hurdles final

Lynette Rowe
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.

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'm so exhausted but I'm sure it will sink in soon", she said.

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

Saturday's final was the latest instalment of the great rivalry between Pearson and Harper-Nelson, with the American having relegated the Australian into second spot at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, only for Pearson to reverse that result four years later in London.

Pearson dominated the first of the three semi-finals on Friday evening, winning in 12.53 seconds.

She controlled the race from there, winning in 12.59 seconds ahead of long-time rival Dawn-Harper Nelson (12.63).

The 2011 world champion and 2012 Olympic gold medallist has battled a series of wrist, achilles and hamstring injuries in recent years.

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"I can not believe it, it's insane", said Dutkiewicz.

"This is like in a film". I am glad I caught this moment of complete flow, of complete concentration.

World record holder Kendra Harrison from the United States finished out of the medals in fourth place.

"This is just so incredible, to be a world champion again".

Former men's 110m hurdles world record holder Colin Jackson described the Australian's technique as "absolutely flawless" and that, combined with her famed winning mentality and now a body again able to match her mind, took her over the line.

"I'm still young, this was my first world final, people forget that because I'm the world record holder", said the 24-year-old.

Harrison - who was the 1/6 on favourite for the title and had not been beaten in a race since the US Olympic trials previous year - at least made it unlike Jamaica's defending champion Danielle Williams who flopped to finish fifth in her semi.

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