Sally Pearson regains 100m hurdles title

Sally Pearson wins her 100m hurdles first round heat in London

Australian hurdling great Sally Pearson won the 100 metres hurdles world title for the second time on Saturday in the same stadium where she clinched 2012 Olympic gold.

Australia's Sally Pearson completed one of the great sporting comebacks when she overcame two years of injury agony to win the world 100 meters hurdles title at the age of 30 on Saturday.

Her long-time rival Dawn Harper-Nelson from the United States was second in 12.63 and Germany's Pamela Dutkiewicz claimed the bronze in 12.72.

Hilliard said he always felt world record-holder Kendra Harrison would be vulnerable in the heat of a championship final, especially once she had stumbled in the semi-final.

"That was bloody hard", an emotional Pearson said shortly after crossing the finish line. "I'm so exhausted but I'm sure it will sink in soon", she said.

"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".

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.

Making the victory even more special was that Pearson had coached herself for the past year.

"I never doubted it, she knows her body".

She assumed favouritism for the world title by clocking the fastest semi-final time of 12.53 on Friday evening and carried that dominance into the final. Pearson and 400m hurdler Jana Pittman are the only two Australian track and field athletes to have won individual world golds.

Hilliard said it was hard to overstate what Pearson had overcome to get back to the top of the world. 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.

Her next challenge will be winning a third successive Commonwealth title on home soil on the Gold Coast next year. "Am I going to be able to listen to my body and be smart about it and look after it?' I just said 'Well, you are going to have to try".

"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)".

Meanwhile, local favourite Mo Farah had to settle for a silver medal as he was beaten to 5000 metres gold by Muktar Edris in his final major championship race.

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

"They're the ones I have to thank tonight because I don't think I would be here without them".



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