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Fear factor works for Pearson

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1 Fear factor works for Pearson on Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:09 am



Fear factor works for Pearson

From:The Australian
August 25, 2011

GOLD-MEDAL favourite Sally Pearson says she has the fear factor on her side in the final countdown to the world athletics championships.

The Australian sits atop the year's 100m hurdles rankings with 12.48sec set last month in Birmingham.

She has won all four Diamond League meets she has entered, claiming the scalps of leading American challengers Kellie Wells and Danielle Carruthers along the way.

Pearson is happy to embrace the status of gold-medal favourite at the world titles, which begin on Saturday in Daegu, South Korea.

"It's nice to think you have something over them, no matter whether that's physically or mentally," Pearson, 24, said yesterday.

"It's nice to know that coming into these championships they haven't beaten me and it's probably going to be more scary for them than it is for me.

"I always say I'm really good at being the chaser and not really good at being chased, it's not what I'm used to.

"But I think I'll take on the challenge really well, I'm happy to be the favourite."

Australia's head coach Eric Hollingsworth singled out Wells as the pick of the Americans.

"But I would still be saying Sal would be the favourite and the confidence of beating them all regularly is certainly a big thing going into a championships," said Hollingsworth, who revealed the US hurdlers now refer to the famously combative Pearson as "the fierce white girl".

Pearson burst on to the global scene with a shock silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

A year later, she was fifth at the world titles in Berlin after being hampered by a back injury.

Last year's Commonwealth Games in Delhi brought massive disappointment in the flat 100m -- when she was belatedly disqualified for a false start after crossing the line first -- followed by the elation of winning her pet event.

This time around, the planets seem to have aligned perfectly.

"My whole plan after the Commonwealth Games was to get in solid training, look after my body and really listen to it, to do what I need to do as an athlete," she said.

"So far everything has been going really well.

"All of my training sessions have been amazing and the results have been really good as well.

"I've been really consistent, winning all of them."


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