LONDON 2017: Sally Pearson wins gold in 100-metre hurdles

LONDON 2017: Sally Pearson wins gold in 100-metre hurdles

LONDON 2017: Sally Pearson wins gold in 100-metre hurdles

"I have just been lucky enough to see the whole journey and all the struggles she has gone through behind the scenes". The American was second in 12.63secs, with Germany's Pamela Dutkiewcz claiming bronze in 12.72s.

Harrison - who was the 1/6 on favourite for the title and had not been beaten in a race since the US Olympic trials previous year - at least made it unlike Jamaica's defending champion Danielle Williams who flopped to finish fifth in her semi.

Harrison set the world record of 12.20 at the London Stadium past year, but only after missing out on the United States team for Rio, and suffered more disappointment here as she clipped hurdle after hurdle to come home fourth in 12.74.

"I'm so exhausted but I'm sure it will sink in soon".

AS she completed one of the most remarkable comebacks in Australian sport, new world champion Sally Pearson summed up her emotions with one word - proud.

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Freeman won Olympic gold and silver plus two world titles.

Her next challenge will be winning a third successive Commonwealth title on home soil on the Gold Coast next year.

Pearson's problems started in 2015 when she broke her wrist in a race fall in Rome at the Diamond League event.

It was as the athletics program began in Brazil a year ago that Pearson chose to coach herself which proved to be a masterstroke.

She assumed favouritism for the world title by clocking the fastest semi-final time of 12.53 on Friday evening and carried that dominance into the final.

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It was the latest instalment of the great rivalry between Pearson and Harper-Nelson, with the American having relegated the Australian into second spot at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, only for Pearson to reverse that result four years later in London.

"(She amazes me) every day", said Kieran Pearson, who travels the world track and field circuit with his wife.

"Silver tastes like gold tonight".

Even when there were plenty of reasons to think otherwise, Sally Pearson never doubted herself.

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