Sally Pearson is 100m Hurdles World Champion. Picture: Getty Images/heraldsun.com.au
World champion Sally Pearson will be out to add an Olympic gold medal to her bulging trophy cabinet when she lines up in the Women’s 100m hurdles. Since busting onto the scene when finishing second in the event at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Pearson has developed into one of the best athletes on the planet. Her achievements were recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) last year, when she was named 2011 Female Athlete of the Year. She is the reigning Commonwealth, World and World indoor champion in the sprint hurdles and has lost only once in 2012.
That defeat came last month at the Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace, where Kellie Wells was first past the post. Wells is just one member of the strong American contingent set to contest the race, with defending Olympic champion Dawn Harper and Lolo Jones also legitimate contenders. Jamaica’s 2009 world champion – Brigitte Foster-Hylton – is another that will be looking to stand atop the dais following the final, which is to be run at 6:00am on Wednesday August 8th (AEST).
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