Gold medal for Pearson in hurdles at WC

Gold medal for Pearson in hurdles at WC

The Jamaican, who had looked in great shape in the morning heats, was never at the races after hitting the first hurdle and clattered several more to round off a disappointing defence of her title.

After two years of injuries and numerous obstacles, the 30-year-old had stared down the world record holder and won her second world 100m hurdles title.

Harrison set the world record of 12.20 at the London Stadium previous 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.

She then powered away in the second half of the race to take gold in 12.59sec, holding off another veteran American Dawn Harper Nelson (12.63sec), who'd relegated her to second in the 2008 Olympic final.

Germany's Pamela Dutkiewicz claimed the bronze in 12.72 and Harrison trailed home in fourth place.

It was as the athletics program began in Brazil previous year that Pearson chose to coach herself which proved to be a masterstroke. "I'm so exhausted but I'm sure it will sink in soon", she said.

Defending champion Danielle Williams of Jamaica failed to make the final while last year's Olympic champion Brianna Rollins is banned for a doping violation.

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"But I knew I could do it".

Antony Drinkwater-Newman and Ash Mahoney then both had a stint at helm before Pearson decided that the best way to get back on top was to do the job herself.

She assumed favouritism for the 2017 world title by clocking the fastest semi-final time of 12.53 on Friday evening and carried that dominance into the final.

On her joyous finish-line exclamations, she said: "I don't know if it was surprise but the emotion just escaped my body because I was so excited and so happy to have achieved what I've worked so hard for".

"I love this stadium, I love the people and I'm so happy to have been back here doing the same thing again (winning gold)".

Pearson's victory puts her on the pedestal of Australia's sporting greats and she now goes past Sydney Olympics golden girl Cathy Freeman. "It wasn't surprise, it wasn't shock, I was just proud, so proud of what I had done to get here".

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