She had been in tears at the last Commonwealth Games in Melbourne after tripping over a hurdle. With her family and friends watching, it had been a heartbreaking experience for Sally Pearson in the 100m hurdles.
On Thursday evening, the Australian's joy knew no bounds as she emerged as the fastest woman of the Games in Delhi. It had been a coup of sorts, for the 24-year-old had not run the 100m flat at the majors during the last three years. Her silver streak has finally come to a pleasant end.
“It was not a surprise,” said Pearson, the Olympic silver medallist in the sprint hurdles, at the mixed zone after the victory.
“I was in top shape for this event.” She is now set for the double and will be going into the sprint hurdles as the favourite.
A late entry
Sally's was a last-minute entry in the 100m. She had decided to give it a try after a fast run in the 150m at the North City Games, a sort of mini-Ashes series between England and Australian athletes, in Newcastle in mid-September.
Despite the victory, Sally has decided to drop the 100m flat as she begins her preparations for next year's World Championship in South Korea and the 2012 London Olympics. “I don't think I'll be doing this again, the Olympics is just two years away. I'll be focusing on the 100,” she said.
Nigeria's Osayami Oludamola, the silver medallist, had said there had been a lot of distractions before the race began. But she was thrilled with her first silver at a major event.
For Natasha Mayers, her bronze is a very special one. “It gives hope to my people. I think it is significant,” said the 31-year-old of St. Vincent.
Jamaican Lerone Clarke said his maiden Commonwealth Games gold will boost his confidence in a big way on the road to London for the 2012 Olympics.
“It's the biggest victory of my life,” said Lerone, who has a personal best of 9.99.
Keywords: Commonwealth Games 2010