Pear­son’s per­fect come­back

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

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

Pear­son, a world cham­pion in 2011 and an Olympic gold medal­ist at Lon­don 2012, held off Dawn Harper Nel­son, one of four Amer­i­cans in the field, for an emo­tional tri­umph.

The Aussie missed the last two sea­sons due to ham­string and Achilles in­juries and a badly bro­ken wrist and feared for her ca­reer.

How­ever, when she clocked 12.48 sec­onds in the Lon­don Di­a­mond League last month — her fastest time for five years — Pear­son re­al­ized she was in medal-con­tend­ing form.

She then un­der­lined that by reach­ing the fi­nal as the fastest qual­i­fier in 12.53sec.

Pear­son did not need to go that fast on Satur­day but barely no­ticed the clock as she posted 12.59, scream­ing “oh my God” re­peat­edly af­ter cross­ing the line.

“I’ve worked so hard, I don’t know what has just hap­pened out there. I’m so tired but I’m sure it will sink in soon,” she said.

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