Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Sally Pearson roars back to win world 100m hurdles gold

Sally Pearson roars back to win world 100m hurdles gold

She then had two coaches for brief periods before deciding in August a year ago - on the first day of the athletics at the Rio Olympics - to coach herself.

And since I was a girl I have been admiring Sally Pearson.

With Olympic gold and silver medals and now two world championship golds and a worlds silver to her name, Pearson stands as the most decorated track athlete and arguably the best overall athlete Australia has produced in the modern era.

World record holder Kendra Harrison disappointed in finishing only fourth confirming that her Achilles heel is a lack of championship experience having failed to make the Olympic team past year.

She won in 12.59 seconds, ahead of American Dawn Harper-Nelson in 12.63 and Germany's Pamela Dutkiewicz in 12.72.

Athletics - World Athletics Championships - Women's 100 Metres Hurdles Final - London Stadium, London, Britain - August 12, 2017.

She crossed the line in 12.59 seconds, repeatedly yelling "oh my God" as she pulled up in realisation of her achievement. "I could see Sally had won and I thought "it's me and Sally again".

"I love this stadium".

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

She then missed the Rio Olympics because of Achilles and hamstring problems.

On top of that she sacked her last coach and began coaching herself on the day the athletics began at the Rio Olympics previous year and sat down in her Gold Coast home to write out a plan to get her back to the top of the world. Then she went to work.

"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". "It wasn't surprise, it wasn't shock, I was just proud, so proud of what I had done to get here".

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

"If I don't feel that spark I know there's something wrong but I felt it straight away".

Ali's compatiot Christine Manning produced a faultless display in her semi to progress in 12.71 sec but the opposite was the case of Williams.

"Every medal is different and this one sure is very different to the rest of them".

On a day of farewells in London, sprint king Usain Bolt will lead the Jamaican men's 4x100m relay team in his final major championship race on Sunday morning (AEST). He failed to finish and Great Britain won gold.

Harrison faded to finish fourth.

It was hardly the farewell party that Bolt, the greatest sprinter in history, had in mind when he chose to make this meet the last of his career. As the official results flashed on the big screen, the crowd cheered wildly for Britain's second gold medal of these championships.

His injury - later confirmed as severe cramp - would normally have cast a pall over the rest of the race, but it has been a frustrating meet for Britain, the host country.

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