Sally Pearson of Australia in action during the women's 100 metres hurdles heats in Daegu. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) Source: Getty Images
Sally Pearson powers through 100m hurdles heats in Daegu
From: News Limited newspapers
September 02, 2011 12:00PM
SALLY Pearson has sent a clear statement to her 100m hurdles rivals after a devastating heat victory to start her gold medal campaign at the athletics world championships.
The Australian produced a stunning performance, winning in 12.53sec - just .05sec outside her personal best time - to let everyone know why she is the gold medal favourite at these championships.
"It's not a bad start at all, I'm very happy with that," Pearson said.
"I just wanted to go out there and not take any risks, stay relaxed and focussed on what I had to do and my body wanted to run that fast so I let it.
"It's not that surprising because I am in shape. I'm satisfied I'm through, I've got to do two more rounds now and I have to stay focused on that."
After spending three weeks climbing the walls at the athletes village, the 24-year-old Gold Coast hurdler was on her game from the gun and put space on the field before the halfway mark.
Her fluency and power over the hurdles stood out and showed why she has been the dominant athlete this season, going through undefeated in the Diamond League series.
By contrast, Pearson's main danger, American Kellie Wells, was less than spectacular in winning the opening heat in 12.73sec.
Olympic champion Dawn Harper won her heat in 12.89sec with fellow American Danielle Carruthers (12.79sec) and Britain's Tiffany Porter (12.84sec) the other heat winners.
The semi-finals and final of the 100m hurdles are on tomorrow night.
Meanwhile, unheralded Queensland triple jumper Henry Frayne has qualified for the world championships final.
The 21-year-old, who is a training partner of long jump star Mitchell Watt, was making his major championships debut in Daegu and produced a 16.83m leap to sneak in as the 11th ranked jumper for Sunday’s final.
Frayne was a late selection into the team, with his previous best performance a fifth placing at the 2008 world junior championships.
Women's 100m Hurdles Heat 2
1 Sally PEARSON AUS 12.53 Q
2 Derval O'ROURKE IRL 13.07 Q
3 Brigitte MERLANO COL 13.23 Q
4 Beate SCHROTT AUT 13.25 Q
5 Marina TOMIC SLO 13.36
6 Lavonne IDLETTE DOM 13.39
7 Hye-lim JUNG KOR 13.39
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