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Pearson gets another chance for Comm Games gold

Pearson gets another chance for Comm Games gold

Australian runner Sally Pearson gave herself another chance to finally win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games by finishing first in her 100-meter hurdles heat Sunday.
Pearson, who fell in the hurdles final four years ago in Melbourne but won an Olympic silver medal in the event in Beijing, was running only three days after she was disqualified from the 100 final for a false start hours she had finished first and celebrated her win.
"I was a bit wobbly today, but it was good to run the cobwebs out," said Pearson, who easily won her heat in 13.02 seconds, the fastest time of the day.
Although she ran in the 100, Pearson is a hurdler with a personal best of 12.50, just 29 hundredths of a second off the 22-year-old record of 12.21 set by Yordanka Donkova of Bulgaria in 1988.
"It was really nice to finally get out and do my main event focused and ready for it," said Pearson, who will run in the final at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday. "I'm really focused and ready to run tomorrow in the final. Hopefully I can win the gold for Australia."
For Sunday, though, just getting through the heats was a big enough achievement.
"Stay focused and have a good start," Pearson said of her plan for the race. "I felt really relaxed within myself today. Hopefully I can pull a good one out tomorrow."
On Thursday, Pearson crossed the line first in the 100 in 11.28 seconds, but she and Laura Turner of England were disqualified _ after a protest by the England team _ because they both false started in the first attempt to run the race. They both ran anyway, and Osayomi Oludamola of Nigeria finished second and eventually got the gold.
"I was silly," Pearson said of the false start. "I was not relaxed and not focused on my own game. I didn't breath and stay relaxed. That's what I have to do in the hurdles final."
Oludamola ran in the semifinals of the 200 on Sunday, but failed to advance after finishing fourth in her heat with a time of 23.95 seconds.


Updated : 2021-10-22 09:43 GMT+08:00