Golden Girl Sally

Picture: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson
Sally Pearson won gold in the 100m Hurdles at the London Olympics. Picture: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson
Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson  will be looking to reclaim her place as the best female sprint hurdler on the planet when she contests the Women’s 100m Hurdles at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. The 26 year-old has been hampered by injury this year but has competed several times in Europe over the past two months in order to get some race rhythm before the biggest meet of the season.

She returned to the scene of her greatest triumph – London’s Olympic Stadium – to win the 100m Hurdles at the Diamond League Anniversary Games on July 27 in her best time of the season, stopping the clock at 12.65 seconds. That time places her joint tenth on this year’s rankings for the event and is considerably slower than the 12.35 seconds she ran in the Olympic final last year and her personal best of 12.28 seconds, recorded at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu.

Young American Brianna Rollins  ran the third fastest time in history when winning the US Trials in 12.26 seconds in June and has three of the four best times this season to emerge as a clear favourite for the event. Her preparations have been far from ideal however, with the 21 year-old picking up a knee injury during training earlier this week. London silver medallist Dawn Harper  will be looking to turn the tables on Pearson after finishing just 0.02 seconds behind the Australian at the Olympics last year, while fellow American Queen Harrison  will have high hopes of collecting a medal going into the event with the second fastest time of the year.

The heats of the Women’s 100m Hurdles get underway at 3.45pm (AEST) on August 16, with the semi-finals at 12.20am (AEST) on August 18 and the final at 1.50am (AEST) on the same day.

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