Pearson caps stellar month with Diamond League title
Recently crowned two-time world champion hurdler Sally Pearson races to Diamond League gold in Zurich …
The Gold Coast native won the women’s 100-metre hurdles in a photo finish over American Sharika Nelvis with a time of 12.55 (w: -0.3), which was just 0.08 seconds off her season best.
“This is my first time as Diamond League champion,” said Pearson. “I am really excited. It was tough, this race was competitive and fast. I almost fell over I wanted it so badly. I had to work really hard for it.”
Pearson’s recent success comes on the heels of what could have been a career-ending hamstring injury last year. It is a return to form that has not gone unnoticed.
“I am so proud of what I achieved this year, coming back and what not. It has been an amazing year,” said Pearson, who now turns her attention toward the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast. “As long as I believe in what I can do, everything is OK. The others do not know who Sally Pearson is. Tonight, I am world champion and Diamond League champion.”
Other notable Australian results include Kelsey-Lee Roberts (ACT), who threw 64.53m to finish second behind women’s javelin behind world champion Barbora Spotáková (CZE, 65.54m).
Like Roberts, men’s pole vaulter Kurtis Marschall (SA) also showed stellar form by tying his personal best leap of 5.73m.
Last year’s Diamond League champion Fabrice Lapierre (NSW) rounded out the Aussies in action, jumping 7.94m to place fifth in the men’s long jump.