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Sally Pearson to target world best in 100m flat dash at Commonwealth Games in 2014

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Sally Pearson to target world best in 100m flat dash at Commonwealth Games in 2014

Emma Greenwood •
Gold Coast Bulletin•
November 18, 20137:39AM

Sally PearsonSource: News Limited

SALLY Pearson is set to go head-to-head with newly named world athlete of the year Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce after deciding to add the 100m flat to her Commonwealth Games program for next year.

Pearson crossed the line first in the 100m final at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi but was disqualified after the English team appealed against an earlier false start.

The Olympic hurdles champion, who will also defend her Commonwealth title over the barriers in Glasgow, is not expecting to beat the world sprint champion but is excited at the prospect of testing herself against the best.

"I wanted to do the 100m at the world championships this year but injury didn't allow me to do that," Pearson said.

"So I'd really like to give it another crack at the Commonwealth Games.

"But it's going to be a lot more difficult next year - there are some amazing Jamaican sprinters.

"I'm not expecting, obviously, to win those 100m (races) -- I just want to see what it's like to race against the likes of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. I think it would be pretty incredible."

The challenge is part of Pearson's desire to keep challenging herself in the lead-up to her Olympic hurdles defence in Rio in 2016.

"I want to be able to do a 100m personal best in the near future, as well, and I think that would probably be my best chance of doing that is if I can get in the same race as (Fraser-Pryce)," she said, the Jamaican named IAAF female athlete of the year at the weekend after winning the sprint double at this year's world championships.

Next year is shaping as a big one for Pearson, defending her world indoor title in March before tackling the 100m flat and hurdles double at the Commonwealth Games.

She will continue her support of domestic athletics with a full calendar of events during the Australian Athletics Tour, starting with the Adelaide Track Classic in February.

"(The fans) are really appreciative of seeing the great Olympians that we have in our sport," Pearson said. "I like to give back to them as much as possible because they take the time out to come and see me."

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