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Pearson ready to race in Switzerland
John Salvado
18:41 AEST Wed Jul 3 2013

Having already achieved just about everything possible in her chosen sport, Sally Pearson is finding it much easier than ever before to remain relaxed.

A recurring hamstring problem forced Pearson to make a late start to the European season.

The Diamond League round in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Thursday night (early Friday morning AEST) will be the third stop in a compacted six-meet program ahead of the world titles in Moscow in August.

Pearson is confident she will have her rhythm back by then.

Right now, it's all about getting back into racing.

"I thought I'd be more anxious than I am," Pearson told reporters by telephone from Switzerland on Wednesday.

"I'm quite surprised how relaxed and happy I am.

"I think you can put that down to the fact that I have won a world championship, I have won an Olympic Games and I'm pretty relaxed about that.

"If I was going for my first world title this year then I probably would be worried.

"But I've done everything you could ask for in the sport.

"All I want now is the world record, although I think I'd be asking for too much this year.

"I'm being patient and I'm surprised by that because I'm not a very patient person when it comes to competition."

Pearson's first two outings this year produced a win in 12.67 seconds in the Czech Republic last week and a solid fourth-placed finish in 12.73 against a high-class field two days ago in Birmingham.

Another solid hitout in Lausanne and a time of 12.6 or thereabouts will further convince Pearson and her coach Sharon Hannan that the world title defence is on track.

Olympic silver medallist Dawn Harper-Nelson and fellow American Lolo Jones will also be on the start line in Lausanne.

A first meeting with rising star Brianna Rollins - whose winning time of 12.26 at last month's US trials was the fastest in the event in more than two decades - will likely have to wait until later this month in Monte Carlo.

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