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Injuries force Sally Pearson to withdraw from the rest of Australian athletics season

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Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson withdraws from rest of Australian athletics season after injury recovery setback

by: Damien Stannard
From: The Courier-Mail
March 20, 2013 2:10PM

Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson won't be running in Australia this athletics season. Source: Getty Images

SALLY Pearson will not be sighted in Australia this season after withdrawing from the remaining meets of the national athletics series.

The Olympic 100m hurdles champion had hoped to compete at the Melbourne World Challenge on April 6 but has had a minor setback to her recovery from a hamstring injury.

Pearson was targeting an earlier than expected comeback from the muscle tear but aggravated it in training and will now also miss the Australian Championships from April 11 in Sydney.

"It's a tiny setback and a reminder that she is human," said her coach Sharon Hannan.

Pearson will continue her rehabilitation at the Gold Coast before heading to Europe in late May to begin her world title defence.

The unavailability of the state's highest profile athletes, Pearson and Mitchell Watt, has rubbed much of the sparkle from this weekend's Queensland Track Classic.

Commonwealth pole vault gold medallist Alana Boyd and sprinter Josh Ross are the only headline acts remaining after Watt opted to jump at next week's state titles instead of the QTC.

The Olympic long jump silver medallist withdrew from last weekend's Perth Track Classic after cramping badly on the runway on his first attempt.

He said the timing of the Queensland State Championships provided optimal preparation for the Melbourne World Challenge where he will be targeting a pre-departure qualifying mark for the world championships in August.

It was not the first time Watt has suffered from cramping after battling the same problem at the world titles in Daegu in 2011.

The 24-year-old attributed the cramping to a tough training session in 35C heat in Perth last Friday.

"I don't normally train the day before a meet but had to because of all the wet weather we'd had in Brisbane," he said.

"The positive thing was that that run-up session was the best I've felt in a long time."

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