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Pearson fastest qualifier in hurdles final

From ESPN - August 11, 2017

Comeback queen Sally Pearson has thrown down the gauntlet by qualifying fastest for the 100m hurdles final at the world athletics championships in London.

Pearson dominated the first of the three semi-finals on Friday evening, winning in 12.53 seconds - a full tenth of a second quicker than anyone else.

"I do not have anything to lose," the Queenslander said.

"I have done everything I could possibly do in the sport - it's just a matter of how much further can I go and what else can I get."

World record holder Kendra Harrison went within a whisker of missing a berth in the final after crashing into the opening barrier in her semi.

The American recovered well enough to finish third and claim the last available qualifying berth in 12.86, sneaking through by one hundredth of a second.

But, like everyone else, the woman Harrison will be chasing in the final on Saturday (early Sunday AEST) will be Pearson.

The 2011 world champion and 2012 Olympic gold medallist has battled a series of wrist, achilles and hamstring injuries in recent years.

Now self-coached, the 30-year-old arrived in London in peak physical shape for her first global championships since finishing second at the 2013 world titles in Moscow.

"Obviously it's nice to go into the final as the fastest," said Pearson.

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