PROTRACK

A forum devoted to track events from 60m to the 2 mile. Mainly pro but also news from local, national and international sprint & middle distance competitions.

Log in

I forgot my password



Search
 
 

Display results as :
 


Rechercher Advanced Search

October 2017
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     

Calendar Calendar


You are not connected. Please login or register

PROTRACK » GENERAL » Sally Pearson - after Dehli and the Woodside Gift

Sally Pearson - after Dehli and the Woodside Gift

View previous topic View next topic Go down  Message [Page 1 of 1]

Admin

avatar
Admin
Admin
http://www.smh.com.au/sport/rise-sally-rise-pearson-looking-to-the-future-20101126-18as5.html

Rise, Sally, rise: Pearson looking to the future
Sydney Morning Herald
November 27, 2010


That false start in Delhi might have cost her a gold medal, but Sally Pearson's eyes are firmly on the future, which begins close to home and climaxes with the London Olympics, writes Daniel Lewis.

SALLY Pearson prides herself on her starts. She works hard to make sure she very rarely breaks. As part of the discipline process, if she makes a false start at training, her long-time coach, Sharon Hannan, simulates a race situation and cancels the rest of the session.

That's why the false start that cost Pearson her gold medal in the 100metres final at the Commonwealth Games last month was so painful. Pearson won in 11.28seconds, but was disqualified after a protest from the English team.

While Pearson was angry at the drawn-out way her disqualification was dealt with at the time, she is now philosophical about the saga. "You can't dwell on the past, you have to move forward," the 24-year-old says. "I still got to run the 100. I still got to show I could win. You learn from your mistakes, and my mistake was that I false started, and I won't be doing it again. It's as simple as that. False starting at the Commonwealth Games was totally out of order for me. I'm usually quite calm in the blocks. I can't really explain."

The false start was just one of several dramas that sent Pearson on the greatest roller-coaster ride of any Australian athlete at the Games. Another was when the woman who was given the 100m gold medal instead, Nigeria's Osayemi Oludamola, was disqualified for a positive drugs test.

It all left Pearson so exhausted that she slept for the whole first day of a six-day post-Games holiday with her family in Thailand. But, typical of the sunny Gold Coast girl, she bounced straight back, and spent the next five days whitewater rafting, riding on elephants and visiting islands. "It was fantastic," she says. "I didn't want to leave."

Pearson had another week off when she got back to Australia, and returned to training three weeks ago. She is now working towards peaking in her pet event, the 100m hurdles, for the world championships next August in South Korea – the last big event before the 2012 London Olympics.

Reflecting on Delhi, Pearson declares the Games an unqualified success: she achieved her goal of gold in the 100m hurdles.

She sobbed tears of joyous relief after the final. "Emotions just welled up so much inside me, and it all just poured out," she said at the time. "It's my first [international] title, and I'm running for Australia, so it means the world."

Pearson had also been challenging for a medal in the same event at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne before tripping on a hurdle and crashing out.

Her only regret is the 100m.

Although Pearson is easily Australia's fastest woman in the 100m, it is not an event she usually contests at an international level because she prefers to concentrate on the hurdles. Hurdling and sprinting are different events that put too much stress on the body to compete in both all the time.

"The only reason why I ran the 100 at the Commonwealth Games was because there were none of the big-name girls running, so it was my chance to be able to get in a see how fast I could run with no pressure," Pearson says.

She certainly doesn't regret running the final leg of the women's 4x400m relay final – a distance so unfamiliar she couldn't remember the last time she had raced it.

After running the leg, Pearson collapsed, vomited and declared, "That was the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life."

She had to be helped from the track by concerned team officials after finishing fifth.

Pearson was a late call-up at the expense of Lauren Boden.

"At the time, I was not into [running in the relay] at all, but now that I look back on it it was one of the best experiences of my life, just running against girls that I have never run against before and seeing the amazing talent in that event," Pearson says.

Asked if it was smart for Athletics Australia to pick her to run the relay, Pearson said: "Yeah, I was the faster girl. It was definitely smarter to choose me. The other girl even said that she wouldn't have been able to run that fast."

Athletics Australia has a new domestic season calendar and record prizemoney up for grabs under a new points system, but you won't see Pearson competing in the hurdles in coming months.

While the hurdles are her pet event and her priority for international competition and the lucrative northern hemisphere season, "in the Australian [athletics] season it's always the 100 and 200 and not the hurdles, simply because I need to keep my body together, and hurdling is not the way to do that. I'll be doing the whole Australian tour."

As well as competing against each other in each traditional event in the domestic series, athletes will gain points as they try to win the $10,000 prize on offer in four divisions – sprints-hurdles, jumps, throws and distance.

It means Pearson will be up against the likes of male runners Joel Milburn and Ben Offereins.

Pearson reckons the new format will make things more exciting for the public but particularly for herself, because she is otherwise so dominant in the women's 100m and 200m, where it's Pearson first and daylight second.

As part of her training for the domestic season, Pearson plans to participate in several gift races, including the Woodside Gift in Gippsland on December 18.

"It's a different type of running," she says. "You're staggered, and I'm the fastest, obviously, so I'll be on scratch. I'll be right at the back, and people will be probably 20 metres in front of me so it's a good chance for me to be able to chase and keep my speed up all the way through the whole race to the finish line."

As Sally McLellan, Pearson first made headlines when she ran 12.64s to claim silver in the 100m hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Australians loved the exuberant joy with which she celebrated her achievement, her broad Gold Coast smile and a down-to-earth nature that was a product of being raised by a single mum who worked two jobs to support her.

But it was the way she reacted the Delhi drama that really allowed Australians to get to know her.

A sign of her calibre was when she found herself on the same bus as the official who made the protest that cost her gold. "She went up to the [England] manager and said there was no hard feelings and all the best to the girl who got the bronze medal," said a proud Eric Hollingsworth, Australia's high performance manager and fellow passenger on the bus.

The Herald noted: "Sally Pearson entered these Commonwealth Games as a hurdler, but will leave as a personality."

Pearson doesn't plan to cash in on the extra publicity of the Delhi dramas through more sponsors.

"I try not to take on too many sponsorships because that just means more commitment to other people and not to my training and the things I like doing in life," she says. "I've got three at the moment, which is adidas, Mitsubishi and Axa. I'll just stick to those three for now and keep doing what I love doing. I like my life as it is."

http://protrack.easyforumlive.com

View previous topic View next topic Back to top  Message [Page 1 of 1]

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum