Sally Pearson considered quitting
Sally Pearson called it a disgusting result. In fact, she couldn’t remember the last time she ran slower than 13 seconds, but all things in context, the Olympic hurdles champion was also excited after her first race in a year.
Pearson ran 13.25s in the Diamond League meet in Birmingham, her first run against serious competition since shattering her wrist, ripping her calf and tearing at her Achilles.
Ordinarily, that time and her seventh-placed finish – behind many women she ordinarily would beat and one new comer, Kendra Harrison, who has outstripped the rest of the would with the second fastest time on record and won this race in Birmingham – would be cause for alarm.
Extraordinarily, given the circumstances, it is not. Indeed, Pearson believes she can yet win a medal in Rio in August..
“I’m actually really excited which I wouldn’t normally be because all I’d be looking at would be the result, and the result is disgusting,” she said.
“But you can’t control that. I could only control what I could do on the day. Today, that’s what I had. It’s nice to be back.”
The former world champion and reigning Olympic gold medallist pointed to her history of overcoming injury and adversity in previous years to still claim podium finishes as cause for her optimism
“I think so. I’ve done it before. In 2013 I came out with a silver while getting my arse kicked in every single race. 2014 was the same – getting my arse kicked every single race (before winning gold),” she said after the Birmingham race.
“Unfortunately I’ve had to keep chasing my tail a lot and try to catch up (this year). (But) I know I’ve done it in the past and I think it’s very realistic that I can keep doing it this year.”
Earlier, rising women’s 400m star Morgan Mitchell ran a personal best to take third in her Diamond League debut, while Fabrice Lapierre also placed third in the men’s long jump and Kathryn Mitchell finished second in the women’s javelin.
In the women’s 5000m, Genevieve LaCaze ran a personal best 15m 27.13s to finish sixth, just behind countrywoman Eloise Wellings who ran 15min26.19s.