More Sites
NRL Rnd 25 Cowboys v Sharks AFL Ladder Scores & Stats Cricket ODI ZIM v AUS US Open Scores & Stats
Search
Pearson fires up as Samuels finds form
By Tom Wald
10:49 AEST Sat Jul 7 2012

At this rate, Sally Pearson is going to take some catching at the London Olympics.

The reigning world champion displayed all of her class to overcome clipping a hurdle mid-race to produce the third fastest time of her career at the Diamond League meet in Paris.

The Gold Coast sprinter stormed to victory in the 100m hurdles in 12.40 seconds at the Stade de France, reinforcing her status as the gold medal favourite for the Olympic final on August 7.

The only two times she has run faster were on the way to winning last year's world title in Daegu.

In fact, if Pearson receives favourable conditions in London next month the 24-year-old world record of 12.21s is in serious danger.

Pearson was threatened by American Virginia Crawford (12.59) in the middle of the race on Friday night but burst clear again in front of nearly 40,000 fans.

"I was really proud that I was able to compose myself," she said.

"That was why I was so excited.

"Of course the time was fantastic.

"I was a little disappointed that if I had not hit that hurdle it would have been in the 12.3s."

The blonde-haired speedster said she was exactly where she wanted to be a month out from the Olympic heats on August 6.

"I am confident that I can come away with the gold but I can't guarantee it," she said.

"I want it. My body can do it. I know I can do it.

"I have been beating these girls every single race for how many races it is just a matter of doing it on the day."

That it is all going to plan for Pearson is no surprise.

That it might be coming together for 2009 world discus champion Dani Samuels is.

Samuels (61.81m) handled the slippery conditions best to beat a quality field that included two-time European champion Sandra Perkovic and Cuba's Yarelis Barrios, a medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and past three world titles.

Such was the surface in the circle that Perkovic said a 62m throw was equivalent to a 70m throw in dry conditions.

"I have struggled with confidence last year and even the beginning of this year," Samuels said.

"If you came to me in March and asked how do you feel about the Olympics. I was about 50-50.

"I feel now that I am about 90 per cent back to confidence.

"Having a win in the Diamond League arena in the wet is going to do a lot for me."

Javelin thrower Jarrod Bannister (83.70) rounded out a highly encouraging night for Australian athletes with a season's best throw of 83.70m to finish third.

However he admitted to having some adductor issues.

"I'm just trying to do the amount of training I need to get me up to form but not push it too much," he said.

Australian 800m runner Lachlan Renshaw (1:45.90) missed out by less than a third of a second of qualifying for the Olympics.

Did you like this article? Share your thoughts
SCHEDULEDAY0
27Jul
DAY1
28Jul
DAY2
29Jul
DAY3
30Jul
DAY4
31Jul
DAY5
1Aug
DAY6
2Aug
DAY7
3Aug
DAY8
4Aug
DAY9
5Aug
DAY10
6Aug
DAY11
7Aug
DAY12
8Aug
DAY13
9Aug
DAY14
10Aug
DAY15
11Aug
DAY16
12Aug
Opening Ceremony
Archery
Athletics
Badminton
Basketball
Beach Volleyball
Boxing
BMX
Cycling
Diving
Equestrian
Fencing
Football
Gymnastics
Handball
Hockey
Judo
Modern Pentathlon
Rowing/Canoe/Kayak
Sailing
Shooting
Swimming
Synchro
Table Tennis
Taekwondo
Tennis
Triathlon
Volleyball
Water Polo
Weightlifting
Wrestling
Closing ceremony
DAY0
27Jul
DAY1
28Jul
DAY2
29Jul
DAY3
30Jul
DAY4
31Jul
DAY5
1Aug
DAY6
2Aug
DAY7
3Aug
DAY8
4Aug
DAY9
5Aug
DAY10
6Aug
DAY11
7Aug
DAY12
8Aug
DAY13
9Aug
DAY14
10Aug
DAY15
11Aug
DAY16
12Aug
You need the latest version of Flash Player.
Enjoy the most vivid content on the web
Watch video without extra features
Interact with applications on your favourite sites
Upgrade now

You need the latest version of Flash Player.
Enjoy the most vivid content on the web
Watch video without extra features
Interact with applications on your favourite sites
Upgrade now