Pearson ready for return

Australian Olympic champ Sally Pearson over injury woes and confident she can clock some quicker times

Sally Pearson (Mark Shearman)

Sally Pearson says she feels ready to ‘go out there and run well’ as she prepares to make her return from injury at the Ostrava Golden Spike meet on Thursday ahead of competing at the Birmingham Diamond League on Sunday.

With American Brianna Rollins issuing a warning in becoming the third-fastest ever 100m hurdler at the US Championships on Saturday thanks to her North American record of 12.26, Pearson’s return is even more highly anticipated and the Olympic champion admits she’s well over her injury woes and ready to run.

“I’ve had an injury problem early in the season but now I feel ready to go out there and run well,” explained the Australian, who tore her hamstring for the second time in a 4x100m race at a meet in Sri Lanka in May.

The 26-year-old, who set an Olympic record of 12.35 on her way to winning gold in London last summer and equalled the meeting record of 12.48 when securing victory the last time she competed in Birmingham two years ago, added:  “I’m really looking forward to competing at the Sainsbury’s Grand Prix – Birmingham.

“I had a great time there in 2011 and hopefully I can repeat my performance this time round.”

With her sights set on faster times and defending her title at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in August, Pearson is sure to be also keeping a close eye on 21-year-old Rollins, whose time on Saturday was two-hundredths faster than Pearson’s personal best set at the world championships in Daegu two years ago.

“Winning the Olympics last year was a dream come true, it was a perfect year for me,” commented Pearson.

“However this is another important year with the defence of my world title in Moscow in August and I’m confident that I can run even quicker and get close to the world record of 12.21.”

Pearson will be looking to at least break the meeting record of 12.65 when she takes to the track in Ostrava, ahead of facing the likes of London 2012 silver and bronze medallists Dawn Harper-Nelson and Kellie Wells of America in Birmingham.

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