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Sally Pearson runs SB 12.74 in 100m hurdles

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1 Sally Pearson runs SB 12.74 in 100m hurdles on Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:39 am



Pearson on pace at Gold Coast

Sydney Morning Herald
June 18, 2011

Olympic silver medallist Sally Pearson sounded a warning to her international rivals with victory in the women's 100m hurdles at the Gold Coast Winter athletics series on Saturday.

The Commonwealth champion, who heads overseas to compete in the European athletic season on June 26, clocked 12.74 seconds in a Season Best time that was also the quickest time recorded on Australian soil.

But the 24-year-old feels there's still room to improve according to her coach Sharon Hannan.

"Despite her time today Sally still thought every hurdle was messy," she said.

"I am keen to take a look at the tape to see how she went technically but to run 12.74 when you think it's not your best is a great sign for things to come."

Pearson also raced the 100m, crossing the line in 11.35 seconds to claim the win.

"It was quicker than what she ran to win gold at the Nationals earlier this year and hopefully she can carry it into her 60m and 200m events tomorrow," Hannan said.

"We'll just have to see how she pulls up in the morning."

In other action, world championship long jump bronze medallist Mitchell Watt dead-heated with Matt Davies in a time of 10.31 seconds in the men's 100m event.

Davies also took part in the men's 200m, claiming the win in 20.79.

Watt will be back in his usual long jump event on Sunday, when the event resumes.



Sally fit for shot at world titles
By Emma Greenwood
Gold Coast Bulletin
June 20th, 2011

Sally Pearson racing at GC Athletics Track ahead of her European departure next week. Pic: Richard Gosling.
SALLY Pearson will head into her international campaign fit, fast and confident after recording the fastest 100m hurdles time on Australian soil at a Gold Coast winter series meet at the weekend.

Pearson clocked 12.74sec running solo on Saturday which ranks her seventh-fastest in the world this year.

It's a performance that has Pearson and coach Sharon Hannan excited ahead of her overseas departure on Sunday.

Pearson had done almost no hurdling before claiming the national title in 12.83sec -- the year's fastest time in the world at that stage.

But she has been working brilliantly with Hannan over the past two months and heads into her international campaign with an outstanding domestic preparation.

"To leave the country in that sort of shape is heartening," Hannan said.

"Everything she's been doing in training has been looking good.

"It should be a better year. (To run) 12.74 with really no competition is pretty good."

Pearson is likely to run the hurdles at the next winter series meet on Saturday before flying overseas on Sunday to open her international campaign in Lausanne on June 30.

After overcoming back problems in 2009 to win Commonwealth Games gold last year, Pearson is revelling in a trouble-free preparation leading into August's world championships in South Korea.

Pearson has publicly declared she wants gold in South Korea, as she prepares to go one better than her Beijing Olympic silver in London next year.

"She wants gold, definitely," Hannan said.

"She's not leaving any stone unturned. This year is all about doing everything.

"In her mind, if she can win world champs this year, then she can take home the Olympic gold next year and ultimately, that's her goal."

Pearson ran a solid 60m yesterday but pulled out of the 200m with soreness.

Mitchell Watt won the long jump with a leap of 8.04m, ahead of fellow Queenslander Robbie Crowther (7.94m).

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