Pearson completes remarkable comeback at world titles

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2017

The break was so serious she feared she might have to have the lower limb amputated.

Fellow American Christina Manning finished narrowly behind the world record holder to take fifth, ahead of 2015 medallist Alina Talay in sixth. The American was second in 12.63secs, with Germany's Pamela Dutkiewcz claiming bronze in 12.72s.

Australian hurdling great Sally Pearson's impressive comeback from two years of injury hell continued on Friday as she posted the fastest time in reaching 100 metres hurdles world final.

Freeman won Olympic gold and silver plus two world titles.

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

"I don't know if it was surprise or what, but the emotion just escaped my body because I was so excited and so happy to have achieved what I have worked so hard for", Pearson said.

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.

It was as the athletics program began in Brazil a year ago that Pearson made a decision to coach herself which proved to be a masterstroke.

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

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

"Far out", she said afterwards.

"And with these world championships, yes it's a relief to get it done, but I think the last four years, 2013 even I had injuries, so year after year I had that and then to come out here, knowing I haven't been injured, that I'd done everything I possibly can".

"Silver tastes like gold tonight".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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