Pearson completes remarkable comeback at world titles

Sally Pearson has paid tribute to her supporters after her world championships 100m hurdles win

Six years after her first world title in the event, Sally Pearson struck gold once again as she won the 100-meter hurdles title at the World Athletics Championships in the same stadium where she won the Olympic title five years ago.

"The first thing that comes to mind when I crossed that finish line was obviously excitement and emotion but also proud, so proud", she said.

The 30-year-old's sublime run contrasted sharply with America's world record holder Kendra Harrison who squeaked into the final as the slowest of the two fastest losers who qualify.

The 2012 Olympic champion won her second world title in 12.59 seconds ahead of American Dawn Harper Nelson (12.63) and Bermany's Pamela Dutkiewicz (12.72).

"(Silver in) 2008 was a surprise, in a way that was just pure excitement", Pearson said.

The Australian was already seen as one of the greatest hurdlers of all time heading into this final, though her triumph here after a fractured wrist in 2015 and a hamstring injury in 2016 seeing her miss the World Championships and Olympics respectively will only add to her status as an all-time great.

"I've left no stone unturned to get here".

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After injury denied Pearson of the opportunity to defend her Olympic crown previous year in Rio, she made a decision to coach herself. 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.

"Me and Sally have just battled it out for years and it's been so great to be here with her", Harper Nelson said.

It was as the athletics program began in Brazil previous year that Pearson chose to coach herself which proved to be a 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.

"But I knew I could do it".

Pearson looked tense and focused before the race, not acknowledging the crowd when her name was called, but was hugely impressive quickly overhauling early leader Jamaican champion Megan Simmonds and opening a sizeable lead.

Ali's compatiot Christine Manning produced a faultless display in her semi to progress in 12.71 sec but the opposite was the case of Williams.

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