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More mature Pearson 'moves on' from Dehli

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1 More mature Pearson 'moves on' from Dehli on Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:41 pm



BOUNCE BACK: Sally Pearson has put the disappointment of the Delhi Games behind her. Picture: Anja Niedringhaus, AP Source: The Courier-Mail

Sally fast tracking Delhi behind her

By Rikki-Lee Arnold
Courier Mail
9th February 2011

SALLY Pearson has put the demons of her Delhi disqualification well behind her as she prepares for her most important season.

Since her heartbreaking exit from the Commonwealth Games final last October, Pearson has run only one 100m sprint, at the Gold Coast Glynis Nunn Shield in January, and won it in style.

But on Friday night she will be on a bigger stage against better competitors.

The 24-year-old will compete in the 100m and 200m at the Brisbane Track Classic and is determined to prove how much she has grown. Following her pre-season efforts and performances on the Gold Coast, Pearson said Delhi was long behind her.

"I've grown as an athlete and I've matured," she said yesterday.

"I know I have so much more left in me.

"You just have to move on and learn from your mistakes."

Pearson will now spend the Australian athletics season focusing on the 100m and 200m sprints, leaving the hurdles for the world stage.

Coach Sharon Hannan said Pearson was yet to show the world exactly what she was capable of.

Hannan and Pearson are hoping for outstanding results in Brisbane on Friday night.

"I think she's going to come out and surprise a whole lot of us," Hannan said.

"If we get a day in Brisbane like we had on the Gold Coast, she could run 22sec in the 200m." Pearson's personal best is 23.02.

However, Pearson said her thoughts were not set on her PB, preferring to focus on the race over the times.

"It's always nice to run fast times," she said.

"But I can be quite unpredictable and Sharon knows this just as well as I do. However, she also knows what I can run and doesn't tell me. She has more idea of what I'm capable of."

The confidence in Pearson's camp stems from her consistent performances in training she has not missed a session since November.

Hannan said her fitness had improved, as had her recovery times and strength.

Pearson also said this had been "the best preparation of my senior career so far".

"A couple of years ago I couldn't push myself," she said.

"I've developed maturity in my sport. I am capable of much harder work and pushing myself.

"To win at the world championships in August is my main goal."

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