Pearson roars back to win world 100m hurdles gold

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Back at the stadium where she landed Olympic gold in 2012, Pearson shocked her American challengers, including world record holder Kendra Harrison, to take victory in 12.59 seconds.

American veteran Dawn Harper Nelson was second, .04 seconds behind, and Pamela Dutiewicz of Germany took bronze in 12.72.

Harrison faded to finish fourth.

She missed the last two seasons due to hamstring and Achilles injuries and a badly broken wrist and feared for her career.

"Far out", she said afterwards.

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

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

"But I knew I could do it".

"If I don't feel that spark I know there's something wrong but I felt it straight away". But when she clocked 12.48 seconds in the London Diamond League last month - her fastest time for five years - she realized she was in medal-contending form.

Antony Drinkwater-Newman and Ash Mahoney then both had a stint at helm before Pearson decided that the best way to get back on top was to do the job herself.

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She then underlined that by reaching the final as the fastest qualifier in 12.53 on Friday.

Quote of the day: "Every single emotion that you can hold in your body just came out when I crossed that finish line".

Pearson's victory puts her on the pedestal of Australia's sporting greats and she now goes past Sydney Olympics golden girl Cathy Freeman.

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

"Me and Sally have just battled it out for years and it's been so great to be here with her", said the 33-year-old Harper.

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"At the end, I could see Sally had won and I thought "it's me and Sally again".

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