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
AAP

Related News

Melbourne 1956 Olympics - future cricket legends take to hockey pitch

Melbourne 1956 Olympics - future cricket legends take to hockey pitch

4 December 2016

On day 13, Australia continued its push towards medals in cycling, with two prospects continuing to impress in preliminary rounds. Murray Rose won gold, and future cricketing and surfing legends were in action.

Melbourne 1956 Olympics - an unlikely cycling duo on Day 12

Melbourne 1956 Olympics - an unlikely cycling duo on Day 12

3 December 2016

Before the 1956 Games, Australia had won five medals in Olympic cycling history, stamping it as one of our most successful Olympic sports. In Melbourne supporters had to wait until day 12 of the program to see cycling action and an unlikely tandem duo.

Foord crowned best in Asia

Foord crowned best in Asia

2 December 2016

Olympic attacker Caitlin Foord has accepted her award for best women's footballer in Asia on behalf of her Australian teammates.

Related Sports

Athletics

Athletics

Related Olympians

Sally Pearson

Sally Pearson