‘Rusty’ Pea­son guarded af­ter win

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - Manch­ester

OLYMPIC and world cham­pion Sally Pear­son has won the 100m hur­dles at the Great City Games in Manch­ester.

The street meet­ing took place just four days af­ter 22 peo­ple were killed and an­other 116 in­jured by a sui­cide bomber at a con­cert by US pop star Ari­ana Grande.

There was a minute’s si­lence be­fore the event for the vic­tims of the at­tack.

On a spe­cially laid track on Deans­gate, Pear­son won the 100m hur­dles in 12.81sec and fin­ished a close sec­ond in the flat 100m be­hind Bri­tain’s Asha Philip.

“It was good to get sec­ond and then win the hur­dles but the hur­dles was so rusty,” Pear­son said.

“I know I haven’t raced since April 2, so I shouldn’t be too dis­ap­pointed, but we’re ath­letes and we al­ways want more. A win’s a win and you take it, but times for me mean more than any­thing.”

Pear­son said the at­mos­phere at the venue was fan­tas­tic, with a crowd of 20,000 watch­ing in Al­bert Square and Deans­gate.

“I think the English are a bit like the Aus­tralians and we’re pretty re­silient,” she said.

“We want to get out there and show the world we’re here, we’re strong and we’re stand­ing to­gether.

“It was nice to feel that out there and ev­ery­one be­ing very sup­port­ive.”

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