Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Pearson wins as Ennis-hill tests injury


LONDON, July 27, 2013 (AFP) - Australia's Sally Pearson posted a season's best time when she returned to the scene of her Olympic gold medal triumph in winning the women's 100 meters hurdles at the London Anniversar­y Games Diamond League meeting on Saturday.

Olympic and world champion Pearson crossed the line first in a time of 12.65 seconds ahead of Britain's Tiffany Porter in an encouragin­g performanc­e ahead of next month's World Championsh­ips in Moscow.

“Everyone told me to be patient and believe in myself and that's what I've done,” said Pearson after a victorious return to London's Olympic Stadium.

“I haven't shied away and I've come here and worked hard every single competitio­n.

“I'm Olympic and world champion and I'm still showing up and getting defeated but here I am today (Saturday) and being patient and waiting for my turn and it came out my way.” Meanwhile the same race saw Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica EnnisHill, also back at the scene of her greatest triumph, finish fourth in 13.08sec.

The 27-year-old Briton has been struggling to recover form the ankle injury which put back her return to action until earlier this week.

It is still touch and go whether she will be fit enough to compete in Moscow and Ennis-Hill, due to take part in the women's long jump later Saturday, said: “It is really nice to be back in the stadium a year on. Obviously I have really great memories from last time but it is a bit of a different situation to last time.

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