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Pearson 12.52 & 11.20

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1 Pearson 12.52 & 11.20 on Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:15 pm



Pearson runs strongly in Europe

abc news
Updated June 24, 2012

Australian athlete Sally Pearson continued her strong form in Europe on Sunday morning (AEST), winning both her 100m hurdles race and a 100m sprint for good measure.

Racing at a meeting in Nivelles in Belgium, Pearson led from the start in her hurdles race to win clearly from Belgian Anne Zagre and France's Cindy Billaud, in a time of 12.52 seconds.

The time was just 0.03 seconds outside her own world's best time of 12.49, which she has run twice this year - in Melbourne in March, and in Norway earlier this month.

Pearson also competed in a race over the flat 100m, defeating fellow Australian Olympic team member Melissa Breen and French runner Carima Louami in a time of 11.20 seconds, her season's best for the event.

Pearson is the reigning world champion in both the outdoor 100m hurdles and the indoor 60m hurdles events.

She remains unbeaten this season both in Australia and internationally, and is favoured to take the Olympic 100m hurdles title in London.

Her next run will be in the Diamond League meeting in Paris on July 6.

2 Re: Pearson 12.52 & 11.20 on Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:44 pm



Breen runs strongly in Belgian warm-up

Canberra Times
June 25, 2012

Canberra sprinter Melissa Breen got her Olympic Games preparation off to a perfect start with a strong outing at Nivelles, Belgium yesterday.

Running with ''no pressure for the first time in a long time'' Breen finished second behind Australia's Sally Pearson in the 100 metres at the low-key Meeting International de la Ville.

Her time of 11.55 seconds - 0.35 behind Pearson - was her best first-up run after making the long trip to Europe. Breen is spending the next five weeks training in Europe with Matt Beckenham's track team which includes Lauren Boden and Brendan Cole.

Boden (57.07s) finished first in a small field in the 400m hurdles yesterday, while Cole (50.60s) was also first across the line in the men's 400m hurdles.

Pearson's 100m win at Nivelles came in her fastest time in 15 months. She also won the 100m hurdles in 12.52s ahead of Belgian Anne Zagre (12.89s).

Pearson's coach Sharon Hannan was pleased with the efforts of Pearson and Breen.

''Sally and I are very happy with her hurdles, this is a tiny village in the middle of Belgium where she wasn't going to be challenged and she came out and still ran a really great time,'' Hannan said.

''The 100m result was awesome as well, it's the fastest she has ran since the Perth Track Classic in March 2011 and that shows her speed is continuing to improve.

''Congratulations to Melissa too, she look relaxed out there which is a good result pretty much fresh off the plane from home.''

Fellow Australian Tamsyn Manou claimed victory in the 800m, although the time of 2:03.65 was well short of the Olympic qualifying standard.

Lachlan Renshaw was second in the men's 800m in 1:46.45.

Two-time reigning Australian 400m champion Steve Solomon won the boys' 400m at a meet in Germany in 45.71, just 0.17 seconds outside his personal best.

Solomon will be a key member of the Olympic 4x400m squad and could also get a late call-up to run the individual 400m in London. AAP

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