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Sally Pearson races tonight in Ostrava

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1 Sally Pearson races tonight in Ostrava on Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:37 am



Sally Pearson says she was 'freaked out' by a hamstring injury scare ahead of the athletics world championships

By Damien Stannard•
The Courier-Mail•
June 20, 2013

OLYMPIC gold medallist Sally Pearson has emerged from another injury scare, even hungrier to defend her world title in August.

Pearson, the world and Olympic 100m hurdles champion "freaked out" last week when she thought she had torn her hamstring for a third time this season.

With the athletics world championships less than eight weeks away Pearson feared the worst.

She washed away her anxiety with some intensive physiotherapy treatment and a three-day break in Paris.

The escape from training, and her strict diet, worked and the Queenslander returned to her London training base with her mind and body ready for a title defence.

"My motivation, which I think is the key to optimal performance in training and competition, is at an all time high," Pearson wrote in a blog on her website.

Pearson said she was in "fantastic shape" now and she believed her body would hold up through the competition season in order to peak at the world championships in Moscow.

Pearson has earmarked the Ostrava Golden Spike meet next Thursday for her racing comeback after being sidelined since tearing her left hamstring for the second time while running in a 4x100m relay in Sri Lanka.

The 26-year-old then intends to compete at Diamond League meets in Lausanne (July 4), Monaco (July 19) and
London (July 26) to tune up for the world titles.

Buoyed by her renewed vigour, Pearson has added another two competitions, the Birmingham Diamond League meet on June 30 and a smaller hit-out in Sotteville, France, on July 8.

"Sharon and I have our reasons for stepping up the competitions and that is all I care about right now," Pearson said.

The biggest challenge now for the Pearson camp is the champion's tendency to overtrain.

She is once again clearing hurdles in training and has begun work on one of her greatest strengths, the start.

Pearson will share the Ostrava stage with sprints world record holder Usain Bolt after meet organisers announced they had secured the Olympic champion's appearance in the Czech Republic.

The Olympic 100m and 200m gold medallist has been a regular visitor to the meet and will this year compete in a relay team with Yohan Blake, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Mario Forsythe.

"It will be my seventh time to compete in the Golden Spike meeting and my first time to run the relay there," Bolt said in a statement.

"The meeting is only a few days after the Jamaican Championships and the relay fits nicely into my competition program."

2 Re: Sally Pearson races tonight in Ostrava on Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:48 am



Pearson returns from injuries with plenty of ground to make up

Sydney Morning-Herald
June 26, 2013

Olympic champion Sally Pearson makes her long-awaited return to racing this week, just as the global 100m hurdles scene has undergone a dramatic change.

Brianna Rollins' scintillating win in 12.26 seconds at last weekend's US national championships was the fastest time in the world in more than two decades. It was also two hundredths of a second faster than Pearson's personal best, set in 2011.

The Australian was quick to respond, tweeting Rollins' rapid improvement ensured she would have to bring her A++ game to August's world championships in Moscow to successfully defend her world title.

After finally recovering from a series of hamstring injuries, Pearson will contest her favoured event for the first time since that unforgettable Olympic final in London at the Golden Spike meeting in the Czech city of Ostrava on Thursday night.

Pearson and her coach Sharon Hannan would be satisfied with a time in the 12.5s or low 12.6s, giving her a solid platform to build on during a six-meeting program before the August 10-18 world titles.

''In a way, the landscape can't change for us because we really can't do anything about what any other competitor does,'' Hannan said from London after Rollins' blistering run. ''We're doing everything we can to get Sally as fast as we can.

''But it does make the event more exciting and that's really good because events need that, they need a shake-up, because it's not fun when the same three people are up on the podium all the time.''

Pearson will have to tackle a powerhouse four-pronged American attack at the world titles.

The 21-year-old Rollins, Queen Harrison and Nia Ali gained the three automatic qualifying berths by claiming the podium spots at the US trials, while London Olympic silver medallist Dawn Harper gets a wildcard entry as the defending Diamond League champion.

After re-injuring her left hamstring in Sri Lanka in May while attempting to help Australia qualify a 4x100m relay team for the world championships, the fiercely competitive Pearson has had to undergo a tough rehabilitation program before returning to the track.

''It has been difficult to hold her back,'' Hannan said.

Pearson’s diary

June 27: Golden Spike, Ostrava, Czech Republic

June 30: Diamond League, Birmingham

July 4: Diamond League,  Lausanne, Switzerland

July 8: Meeting de Sotteville, France

July 19: Diamond League,  Monaco

July 26-27: Diamond League, London

August 10-18:  World championships, Moscow

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