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Sally Pearson

Sally Pearson
Personal information
Nationality Australian
Born

(1986-09-19) 19 September 1986


Sydney
Residence Gold Coast, Queensland[1]
Height 167 cm (5 ft 5 12 in)[2]
Weight 60 kg (130 lb)[2]
Website Official Facebook Page
Sport
Sport Track and field
Event(s) 100 metres sprint
100 metres hurdles
Coached by Sharon Hannan
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 100m hurdles-2008
Personal best(s)

11.14s–100 Metre Sprint[1]
12.28s–100 m Hurdles[1]
22.97s–200 m sprint[1]

1:02.98–400 m Hurdles[1]

Sally Pearson (née McLellan; born 19 September 1986)[3] is an Australian athlete. She is the 2011 World champion and 2012 Olympic champion in the 100 metres hurdles. She also won a silver medal in the 100 m hurdles at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2013 World Championships.

Contents

  • Athletic career 1
    • 2010 Commonwealth Games 1.1
    • 2011 World championships 1.2
    • 2012 Olympics 1.3
    • 2015 1.4
  • Recognition 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Achievements 4
    • Personal bests 4.1
  • Records 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Athletic career

Sally Pearson was born in Sydney and moved to the Gold Coast, Queensland when she was eight years old. It was there, while she was still in primary school, that her athletic talents were noticed by Sharon Hannan, who coached her until 2013.[4] Pearson rose to prominence in 2001, when at the age of only 14, she won the Australian Youth 100m and 90m hurdles titles.[5] After injury setbacks during 2002 she made her international debut at the 2003 World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Canada and won gold in the 100 m hurdles. The following month, still only 16 years old, she represented Australia at open level at the 2003 World Championships in Paris, France as part of the 4 x 100 m relay team. In 2004 she won a bronze in the 100 m at the World Junior Championships, and just missed out on a medal in the 100 m hurdles.

At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Pearson tripped over a hurdle and fell to the ground during the 100 m hurdles final, costing her the chance of a medal. In 2007 she continued to pursue both the 100 m and the 100 m hurdles, making the semi-final of each event at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan. However, in the lead up to the 2008 Olympic Games, she shifted her focus solely to the 100 m hurdles. This decision paid off, with Pearson claiming the silver medal in a dramatic final, where the favourite Lolo Jones stumbled and a photo finish was required to decide the minor medals. After the announcement of the official results a jubilant Pearson celebrated enthusiastically with bronze medal winner Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, and gave an emotional trackside interview.

Pearson was in good form during the 2009 European season, winning five out of seven races and breaking the Australian and Oceanian record in the 100 m hurdles at the Herculis meeting in July, with a time of 12.50 seconds; 0.03 faster than the area record she had set on the same track a year earlier.[6] However she was hampered by back spasms in the lead up to the World Championships in Berlin, and was only able to finish fifth in the 100 m hurdles final.[7]

2010 Commonwealth Games

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, Pearson competed in the 100 m sprint in addition to the 100 m hurdles. In the final of the 100 m she recorded a false start, along with English runner Laura Turner, but was allowed to line up for the restart, crossing the finish line first in a time of 11.28s. However a protest was lodged after the race, which resulted in a distraught Pearson being disqualified.[8][9] Three nights later she went on to win gold in the 100 m hurdles final in 12.67 seconds.[10] Pearson was also controversially included in the Australian team for the final of the women's 4 x 400 m relay, an event she had not trained for, and collapsed after running the anchor leg, the Australian team having finished in fifth place. Even though she thought she had let the team down, her team mates comforted her.[11]


At the beginning of the next season, she won the 100 m, 200 m and 100 m hurdles to become the first Australian woman to win three national titles at the same event since Pam Kilborn had done in 1968.[12]

2011 World championships

At the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Pearson ran a 100m hurdles time of 12.28s (+1.1), the fourth fastest time in history, following the semi-finals where she produced the equal fifth fastest time in history of 12.36s (+0.3) to beat her own Oceanian area record and Australian national record.

2012 Olympics

Coming into the 2012 London Olympics, for the 100m hurdles Pearson had won 32 races from 34 starts. She led the competition after Round 1 heats with 12.57 and lead coming into the final with a semi-final time of 12.39. Pearson won gold with a new Olympic record time of 12.35s (Wind (m/s): -0.2) beating out Americans Dawn Harper, 12.37, and Kellie Wells, 12.48, who both recorded personal bests.

2015

At the Golden Gala, Pearson fell over a hurdle badly and suffered a "bone explosion" of her left forearm. The traumatic injury ruined the remainder of her 2015 season.[13]

Recognition

In November 2011 the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) awarded Pearson as the 2011 Female Athlete of the Year. She is the first Australian to receive this award. Pearson also received prizemoney of A$ 98,800 ($US100,000).[14]

In October 2014, Pearson was named 2014's most inspirational Australian athlete.[15]

Personal life

Pearson was raised by her single mother Anne, who worked two jobs to make enough money to support her daughter's athletic career.[3] In late 2008 she became engaged to Kieran Pearson, the pair having been together since their senior year at Helensvale State High School on Queensland's Gold Coast.[16] In April 2010 they married on the Gold Coast, and honeymooned in Los Angeles and Hawaii.[17]

Achievements

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Australia
2003 World Youth Championships Sherbrooke, Canada 5th 200 m 24.01
1st 100 m hurdles (76.2cm) 13.42
World Championships Paris, France 14th (heats) 4 x 100 m relay 44.11
2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 3rd 100m 11.40 (wind: +1.5m/s)
4th 100m hurdles 13.41 (wind: -1.0m/s)
5th 4×100m relay 45.10
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 7th 100 m 11.50
World Cup Athens, Greece 8th 100 m 11.44
4th 100 m hurdles 12.95
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 15th (semis) 100 m 11.32
10th (semis) 100 m hurdles 12.82
14th (heats) 4 x 100 m relay 43.91
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 2nd 100 m hurdles 12.64
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 5th 100 m hurdles 12.70
2010 Commonwealth Games New Delhi, India 1st 100 m hurdles 12.67
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 1st 100 m hurdles 12.28
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 1st 60 m hurdles 7.73
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 1st 100 m hurdles 12.35
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 2nd 100 m hurdles 12.50
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 2nd 60 m hurdles 7.85
Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland 1st 100 m hurdles 12.67

Personal bests

Records

Record Performance Date Meet Place
Oceania 12.28 3 September 2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea

References


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  1. ^ a b c d e Biography: Sally Pearson” International Association of Athletics Federations, Retrieved on 8 October 2010
  2. ^ a b “Athlete Profiles-Sally Pearson”, Athletics Australia, 2010, Retrieved on 8 October 2010
  3. ^ a b Halloran, Jessica (7 June 2008) "Hurdles a way of life for Sally" Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved on 7 September 2009.
  4. ^ Gullan, Scott (20 August 2008). "Silver Sally ran her own race". The Australian. Retrieved on 7 September 2009.
  5. ^ [1], Athletics Australia, 2002, Retrieved on 18 October 2015
  6. ^ Turner, Chris (28 July 2009). "Hurdlers delight on a spectacular evening in Monaco – Area record for McLellan". IAAF. Retrieved on 31 July 2009.
  7. ^ Gullan, Scott (20 August 2009). "Sally Pearson fifth in women's 100m hurdles in Berlin". The Australian. Retrieved on 7 September 2009.
  8. ^ Reuters (7 October 2009). “Games-Oludamola wins 100m after Pearson disqualified”. Reuters. Retrieved on 7 October 2010
  9. ^ "Pearson 'shouldn't have been allowed to run' ", ABC Grandstand Sport. 2010-10-08, Retrieved on 8 October 2010
  10. ^ “Pearson bounces back with gold”. ABC Grandstand Sport. 11 October 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2010
  11. ^ Brown, Alex (13 October 2010) "Pearson collapses after the hardest race of her life". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved on 18 January 2011.
  12. ^ Johnson, Len (17 April 2011). Watt leaps 8.44m, Pearson scores triple victory as curtain falls on Melbourne’s Olympic Park. IAAF. Retrieved on 23 April 2011.
  13. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/jun/15/sally-pearson-hurdles-amputation-rome
  14. ^
  15. ^
  16. ^ Grant, Dwayne (24 January 2008) "Sally's story". goldcoast.com.au. Retrieved on 7 September 2009
  17. ^ Lewis, David (1 October 2010) "Duo overcome hurdles for Games gold". goldcoast.com.au. Retrieved on 8 October 2010

External links

  • Sally Pearson profile at IAAF
  • Athletics Australia Profile-Sally Pearson
  • Official Facebook Page-Sally Pearson
Awards
Preceded by
Blanka Vlašić
IAAF World Athlete of the Year
2011
Succeeded by
Allyson Felix
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