- Sally Pearson shocked world record holder Kendra Harrison to take victory
- Pearson, world champion in 2011, has had a broken arm and hamstring problems
- However she triumphed in the same stadium where she won 2012 Olympic gold
Australia’s Sally Pearson bounced back from two years of injury hell to reclaim the 100 metres hurdles world title in London.
Back at the stadium where she landed Olympic gold in 2012, Pearson shocked her American challengers, including world record holder Kendra Harrison, to take victory in 12.59 seconds.
The 30-year-old, world champion in 2011, missed last year’s Rio Olympics with a hamstring injury and the previous season suffered a broken arm in a fall in a race in Rome.
Sally Pearson bounced back from years of injuries to reclaim the 100 metres hurdles world title
The break was so serious she feared she might have to have the lower limb amputated. Doctors described the injury as a ‘bone explosion’.
Back in London, and back fit and firing, Pearson flew out of the blocks and held off Dawn Harper-Nelson to take the title. The American was second in 12.63secs, with Germany’s Pamela Dutkiewcz claiming bronze in 12.72s.
Harrison set the world record of 12.20 at the London Stadium last year, but only after missing out on the United States team for Rio, and suffered more disappointment here as she clipped hurdle after hurdle to come home fourth in 12.74.
Pearson shocked her challengers, including world record holder Kendra Harrison, to take gold