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Comeback queen Pearson roars to world 100m hurdles gold

13 August 2017, 07:24 | Charlene Valdez

Defending champions Danielle Williams

Defending champions Danielle Williams

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

Harper Nelson, the 2008 Olympic champion and silver medalist behind Pearson in 2012 took silver in 12.63 ahead of Germany's Pamela Dutkiewicz, who claimed a surprise bronze in 12.72.

World-record holder Kendra Harrison finished 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.

"From the first day I started training (in August 2016) I knew it was possible, I knew I could get here", she said.

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.

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


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

After three years ruined by calf, Achilles, hamstring and wrist injuries, Pearson charged in front to win gold, screaming "oh my God" as she crossed the line.

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

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

"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.

"They expect me to be winning all the time but I'm pleased to be in my first world final and have learned a lot".

Defending champion Danielle Williams of Jamaica failed to make the final while last year's Olympic champion Brianna Rollins is banned for a doping violation.



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