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Comeback queen Pearson roars to world 100m hurdles gold

Comeback queen Pearson roars to world 100m hurdles gold

Australia's Sally Pearson has capped an extraordinary comeback from injury by winning gold in the 100m hurdles at the world athletics championships.

Farah, who won the 10,000m once again last weekend, dug in to finish 0.43secs behind new world champion Edris, while Paul Chelimo of the United States claimed bronze.

This victory, she admits, is as sweet as any after the journey she has undertaken to get here - four years lost from major championships, putting aside the lesser Commonwealth Games, ruined by serious calf, Achilles and hamstring injuries as well as a wrist shattered in a fall.

"Me and Sally have just battled it out for years and it's been so great to be here with her".

Australia's Sally Pearson celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 100m hurdles final.

"They're the ones I have to thank tonight because I don't think I would be here without them".

Sally Pearson can't believe she's won the world title.

She parted with her long-term coach from her junior days, Sharon Hannan, after she won silver in Moscow.

"I am really excited to come out of this with a medal for the US".

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"I knew that I could (coach myself), I wasn't anxious about writing the program out, I knew what I could and couldn't handle, it was just a matter of "am I going to do it right?"

She added: "I have no idea where my mum is sitting".

"From the first day I started training I knew it was possible, I knew I could get here and I remember someone saying "you can be the world champion again" and I didn't feel awkward about that".

But none more than sheer pride.

"I never doubted (the self-coaching)".

However, the American was overhauled by strong finishes from Harper-Nelson and Dutkiewicz (and eventually Harrison, who finished in fourth after a strong final two hurdles) though no one could get close to the Australian, who took the victory.

"I watched what happened at the warm-up track ..."

"The biggest thing for Sally was to come out, get through the heats, she was a little bit nervous that first day, and by her own standard she wanted to run a little bit quicker, that "third fastest isn't good enough attitude" and then in the semi-final she just made a statement and it was like, don't change anything, just repeat what you have done". Then on the eve of her 31st birthday she arrived in London as a relative outsider and won gold.

"I don't know if it was surprise or what", said Pearson of her exuberant celebration. "When the bar is raised, she finds it".


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