Pearson's next hurdle

19 March 2013

ATHLETICS: For Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson to achieve true greatness, she's going to need the athletics version of 'The Perfect Storm'.

Pearson became a national hero when she won gold in the 100m hurdles at the London Games.

But the 26-year-old doesn't want to stop there, and has vowed to do everything within her powers to set a world record and gain entry into the IAAF Hall of Fame before her career is out.

To gain entry into the IAAF Hall of Fame, an athlete must win at least two Olympic or world championship gold medals, as well as set at least one world record.

Pearson already has one Olympic and one world championship title, but it's the world record that could prove to be the hardest part of the equation.

Pearson's personal best of 12.28 sits agonisingly close to Yordanka Donkova's 1988 world mark of 12.21, but it's more than just an athlete's form that determines how fast they will run.

"I've got everything I need in the sport of athletics in terms of medals," Pearson said on Saturday.

"So I think it's time to see how fast I really can run and push the boundaries.

"I'm not guaranteeing that I'm going to run a world record. But it would be nice to tick that off my list as well.

"For me, I'm going to need perfect conditions to run that.

"A nice 1.1 tail wind would be nice. No rain. And I need to be at my peak fitness. Everything needs to come together.

"One of my lifetime goals is to get into the Hall of Fame.

"I'm halfway there."

Pearson has been forced to skip the Australian season after injuring her hamstring three weeks ago.

But she's confident she'll be fit for the European season and August's world championships in Moscow.

Pearson, in Perth to promote Saturday's Perth Track Classic, said she was enjoying her recent commentary stints.

Justin Chadwick

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