Pearson wins women's 100m hurdles title at world athletics

IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017: Sally Pearson storms to 100m hurdles victory

Sally Pearson, now 30 years old, has won the 100m hurdles final at the world athletics championships in London.

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

Competing at her first major global championship since 2013 and having overcome serious wrist, hamstring and achilles injuries, the Australian powered away from the field to win in 12.59 seconds. I don't know what to say, that was just incredible.

Australia's Sally Pearson celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 100m hurdles final.

Sally Pearson is world champion again.

Pearson looked tense and focused before the race, not acknowledging the crowd when her name was called, but was hugely impressive quickly overhauling early leader Jamaican champion Megan Simmonds and opening a sizeable lead.

"I knew that I could (coach myself), I wasn't anxious about writing the program out, I knew what I could and couldn't handle, it was just a matter of "am I going to do it right?"

The last time Pearson raced at a championships was when she won gold at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

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

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"I'm so excited right now", Nelson said.

Her husband Kieran agreed, saying Sally amazed him "every day".

"She is the first person to do that, anyone would be impressed". "Anyone would be impressed, I have just been lucky enough to see the whole journey and all the struggles she has gone through behind the scenes".

"But I knew I could do it". "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".

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

But none more than sheer pride.

"I watched what happened at the warm-up track ..."

"I don't know if it was surprise or what", said Pearson of her exuberant celebration.

She then underlined that by reaching the final as the fastest qualifier in 12.53 on Friday. Then on the eve of her 31st birthday she arrived in London as a relative outsider and won gold. "When the bar is raised, she finds it".

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