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Sally Pearson Wins Gold in 100m Hurdles

published  First Published: 11/10/2010
Article written by: Nigel Brookson
The Queenslander powered out of the blocks and was never headed, claiming the victory in a Games record time of 12.67 seconds and becoming the first Australian Commonwealth 100m hurdles champion since Pam Kilborn secured her third straight title in 1970.
 
Canadian veteran Angela Whyte claimed a second successive Commonwealth silver in 12.98 and New Zealander Andrea Miller was third in 13.25.
 
But this race was all about the Australian.
 
The victory went a long way to making up for the hurt and anger Pearson felt when she was stripped of the gold medal for false-starting in the 100m final on Thursday.
 
Having also crashed at the last barrier in the 2006 Commonwealth final in Melbourne, Pearson could have argued she was overdue for a change of luck. And it came with her first title in a major championships.
 
The Beijing Olympics silver medallist and Australian record holder ended a Jamaican domination of the event, with the Caribbean nation having provided the previous four Commonwealth 100m hurdles champions.
 
The field for Monday's final was well below full-strength, with 2010 world rankings leader Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, fellow Canadian Perdita Felicien and Jamaicans Delloreen Ennis-London and Vonette Dixon among the absentees.
 
But such was Pearson's determination and the ease of her victory, the result would probably have been the same, regardless of who else was in the field.
 
She controlled the race throughout and then celebrated with family members in the stands, before saluting the crowd draped in the Australian flag. Pearson sobbed immediately after the race. "It was just pure relief, the emotions just welled up inside me and they just poured out," she said. " ... I'm so happy right now. "It's been such a hard four or five days, I've just tried to wipe (the 100m controversy) from my memory so I could get this race done. "Now it's done and I've got it. " ... It's my first title and I'm running for Australia and it means the world."
 
It's just so exciting, my first real title, it's not going to be taken off me," added Pearson. "And my training partner (Miller) got third as well. "It's just the most amazing feeling right now and we are going to party hard tonight."
 
Pearson was stunned to learn on Monday that Nigerian Osayemi Oludamola, who was promoted to the gold medal position in the 100m after the Australian's disqualification, had tested positive to a banned stimulant.
 
"The first thing I said was 'are you kidding me?'" said the 24-year-old Pearson. "It's just a joke you know, I can't believe it. "I don't know how you can accept a medal knowing what you've done to yourself. "I'm happy I'm out here, I'm running drug free and I'm excited to be here. "I've done all the hard work."
 
Other Golden Momemnts from Day Eight of the 2010 Commonwealth Games Delhi
 
ATHLETICS
 
Australian Steve Hooker has won the mens pole vault gold medal at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
 
Hooker won on a countback from Englishman Steve Lewis after both men cleared 5.60m.
 
The Australian then had the bar put up to a 5.81m - 1cm higher than his existing Games record - before deciding not jump again with the gold medal already in the bag.
The bronze medal went to Max Eaves of England with 5.40m.
 
Hooker has been competing for a gruelling 10 straight months this year, a schedule he has pledged never to repeat.
 
Earlier in 2010 he won the world indoor and Continental Cup titles and will again end the season as No.1 on the world rankings.

 

 

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