Australia's Sally Pearson wins gold in hurdles at World Athletics Championships

Australia's Sally Pearson wins gold in hurdles at World Athletics Championships

Australia's Sally Pearson wins gold in hurdles at World Athletics Championships

Harrison's problems started as she hit the first hurdle and dropped to seventh and it was only her detemination and class that saw her get back into contention to fight her way back to third and just make the final.

Pearson's victory puts her on the pedestal of Australia's sporting greats and she now goes past Sydney Olympics golden girl Cathy Freeman.

World-record holder Kendra Harrison finished fourth.

American veteran Dawn Harper Nelson was second, .04 seconds behind, and Pamela Dutiewicz of Germany took bronze in 12.72.

"I don't know if it was surprise or what, but the emotion just escaped my body because I was so excited and so happy to have achieved what I have worked so hard for", Pearson said.

"But it did feel a little bit like '08 I guess, with the celebration and the excitement".

Harrison - who was the 1/6 on favourite for the title and had not been beaten in a race since the US Olympic trials a year ago - at least made it unlike Jamaica's defending champion Danielle Williams who flopped to finish fifth in her semi.

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Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic finished second in 89.73m, ahead of fellow countryman Petr Frydrych on 88.32m. Five years after winning the 100-meter hurdles at the London Games, Pearson won the world title in 12.59 seconds.

"I've left no stone unturned to get here". Her confidence will be sky-high after previously considering retirement, whilst Harper-Nelson, at the age of 33 has another medal in an illustrious career which includes the Olympic title nine years.

Pearson missed the Rio Olympics because of a hamstring injury, and also missed the 2015 world titles after breaking her wrist from a fall on the track. In contrast to the experience of Pearson and Harper-Nelson, this is just Dutkiewicz's second senior medal, though the German will be confident heading into the European Championships in her home nation next year.

It proved to be masterstroke.

Meanwhile, local favourite Mo Farah had to settle for a silver medal as he was beaten to 5000 metres gold by Muktar Edris in his final major championship race. "I could see Sally had won and I thought "it's me and Sally again".

"On the first day of athletics at the Olympics I chose to coach myself", she said.

The last time Pearson raced at a championships was when she won gold at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The Australian still holds the world championships record of 12.28sec from her victory in Daegu in 2011.

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