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Sally Pearson confident her time has come

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1 Sally Pearson confident her time has come on Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:42 am



Sally Pearson believes 2011 is her defining year on the track.

Pearson confident her time has come
The West Australian
March 29, 2011,

Sprinter-hurdler Sally Pearson firmly believes 2011 is going to be a defining year on the track.

The 24-year-old Queenslander has experienced enough ups and downs to know her career is heading in the right direction and nothing, or no one, is going to deter her from achieving her goals as she prepares for the world championships in South Korea in August.

Pearson, who stunned the athletics world when she won 100m hurdles silver at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, will be one of the main attractions when Perth hosts the Go for 2&5 Athletics Tour Final on Thursday and Friday nights.

It will be her first appearance at the new State Athletics Stadium, which like its predecessor Perry Lakes has already earned a reputation as a fast track.

Pearson, who will be chasing $10,000 as the country's best sprint hurdler, will be focusing on titles internationally but chasing times at home.

"I keep saying to my coach that this is going to be my year and nothing is going to stop me," the Commonwealth Games champion said.

"I have never tested myself on this track but everyone says it is fast and the conditions are perfect - athletes thrive in this kind of weather.

Pearson, said an uninterrupted 2010 campaign and titles at the Intercontinental Cup and Commonwealth Games, have paved the way for her confident start to the year.

"It has been fantastic knowing I am running fast, and if I can keep it going throughout the European season, I will be going to the world titles stronger, fitter and faster than ever and in a great position to win," she said.

"I have to focus on running faster every time I step on the track and even though I love the sprint, my future is in the hurdles where I am equal third in the world."

Pearson is almost half a second better than any other Australian woman all-time with a personal best of 12.50sec. in the 100m hurdles, but in the 100m flat she is 0.02sec. behind record holder Melinda Gainsford-Taylor and that time of 11.12 will be put to the test when she races on Thursday.

Pearson rose to prominence when she won the sprint hurdles at the world youth championships in 2003 but had her first taste of dis- appointment when she tripped over a hurdle in the final at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006, and won bronze in the 4x100m relay.

In 2008, she won silver with a photo finish after the favourite stumbled in the final of the Olympic 100m hurdles. At the Delhi Commonwealth Games she was robbed of gold in the 100m, despite winning the final, when she was disqualified after the race. She made amends by winning the hurdles.

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