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LONDON 2017: Sally Pearson wins gold in 100-metre hurdles

LONDON 2017: Sally Pearson wins gold in 100-metre hurdles

Stat of the day: Pearson becomes only the second Australian after Cathy Freeman and Jana Pittman to win two world championship titles.

Athletics - World Athletics Championships - women's 100 metres hurdles final - London Stadium, London, Britain - August 12, 2017 - Sally Pearson of Australia celebrates after winning the gold medal.

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".

She controlled the race from there, winning in 12.59 seconds ahead of long-time rival Dawn-Harper Nelson (12.63).

After contemplating hanging up the spikes, the 30-year-old qualified fastest for the final and held her nerve to add to her triumph at the 2011 world championships.

Harrison - who was the 1/6 on favourite for the title and had not been beaten in a race since the US Olympic trials past year - at least made it unlike Jamaica's defending champion Danielle Williams who flopped to finish fifth in her semi.

Germany's Pamela Dutkiewicz claimed the bronze in 12.72 and Harrison trailed home in fourth place. London (2012) was such a relief more than anything, to get it done.

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"I've left no stone unturned to get here".

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

Pearson broke her wrist in 2015 and missed the 2016 Olympic Games with achilles and hamstring injuries.

Making the victory even more special was that Pearson had coached herself for the past year.

"But I knew I could do it".

"Silver tastes like gold tonight". But when she clocked 12.48 seconds in the London Diamond League last month - her fastest time for five years - she realized she was in medal-contending form. "I could see Sally had won and I thought "it's me and Sally again".

The race was over as a contest as Pearson hurdled impeccably to hit the line in 12.53sec a broad grin spreading across her face and then clenched her fists in celebration.


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