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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