The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Sally curses one that got away

- SCOTT GULLAN

SALLY Pear­son must have been throw­ing things at her TV on the Gold Coast on Fri­day night as the 100m hur­dles turned into a farce at the world cham­pi­onships in Bei­jing.

Had Pear­son been fit and healthy, a sec­ond world ti­tle was there on a plat­ter.

Pear­son has been frus­trated by the need to re­hab a bro­ken wrist but for the big­ger pic­ture of next year’s Rio Olympics, the events in Bei­jing were a huge con­fi­dence boost.

The world ti­tle went to a promis­ing Ja­maican ahead of a lit­tle-known Ger­man and even lesser known Be­laru­sian.

None of them were on the radar for medals in the lead-up to the cham­pi­onships.

Danielle Wil­liams, 22, took the gold in a per­sonal best of 12.57sec, which was the slow­est world-cham­pi­onship win­ning time in a decade, on a track that had been su­per fast.

Dutch­woman Dafne Schip­pers had run the third-fastest 200m in history only 30 min­utes ear­lier.

The car­nage in the hur­dles be­gan in the semi-fi­nals.

Amer­i­can Dawn HarperNel­son, the 2008 Olympic cham­pion who was run­ner-up to Pear­son in Lon­don 2012, crashed at the sec­ond hur­dle.

In the next semi-fi­nal, Amer­i­can Ken­dra Har­ri­son was dis­qual­i­fied for a false start, while one of the favourites, Croa­tia’s An­drea Ivance­vic, fell in her semi-fi­nal.

That meant the ti­tle should have been ef­fec­tively handed to de­fend­ing cham­pion Brianna Rollins, with Bri­tain’s Tif­fany Porter the next best qual­i­fied. But Rollins fal­tered, fin­ish­ing fourth, and Porter dropped to fifth.

 ??  ?? UN­HER­ALDED: Gold medal­list Danielle Wil­liams.
UN­HER­ALDED: Gold medal­list Danielle Wil­liams.

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