‘Rusty’ Peason guarded after win
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.”