Pearson wins on her return to London Olympic stadium as Lapierre leaps long

Sally Pearson received a confidence boost in her last race before the world championships with a win at the London Diamond League in the stadium where she was crowned Olympic champion one year ago.

“Everyone told me to be patient and believe in myself and that’s what I have done. I haven’t shied away and I’ve come here and worked hard in every single competition.” said Pearson.

Pearson’s time was a season’s best 12.65 seconds (wind 0.0) a two hundredths of a second improvement on her previous fastest time of the year set in Ostrava in June.

Brit Tiffany Porter was second in 12.76 and American Kellie Wells was third with 12.95.

A troublesome hamstring sidelined the Australian for the domestic season and hindered preparations for her european campaign but that didn’t stop the Gold Coast athlete from racing.

“I’m Olympic and World champion and I’m showing up and getting defeated but here I am today and being patient and waiting my turn and it came out my way.”

Pearson still believes she can win her second world title saying “It’s three weeks yesterday to my race at the world championships so it’s finally coming together. My form is slowly coming back and it’s just disappointed about the rest of the season.”

Whilst her form may be improving at the right time she will go into the world championships with only the fifth fastest time of the year as American trio Brianna Rollins, Queen Harrison and Nia Ali, stand in the way of a successful title defense.

Rollins, the world championship favourite ran 12.26s to win the US trials, the fourth fastest time ever, the fastest since 1992 and one place ahead of her Australian rival on the all-time list.

Meanwhile Fabrice Lapierre will threaten for a medal at the world championships with the form he showed to place second in the long jump with 8.17m. Russian Aleksandr Menkov, the World University Games silver medallist, won with a final round leap of 8.31m.

The Commonwealth champion had an injury scare in an aborted round five attempt. “I cramped up so I’ll get it checked out.”

Looking ahead to the world championships Lapierre said he was hoping to fly under the radar but admitted “some people saw me today. In Moscow I will try to do my best and hopefully win a medal”

Javelin thrower Kim Mickle wrapped up an outstanding world championships preparation with her tenth straight top-three finish this year. The West Australian threw 63.05m to place third behind Germany’s Christina Obergföll (65.61m) and Russian Mariya Abakumova (64.48m).

Mickle said “It was most disappointing here last year and now its flipped over. It’s funny what a year makes. Hopefully in Moscow it’s happy pants Kim. I’m so excited. It’s game on reckon.”

London Olympic finalist Kathryn Mitchell will also head to Moscow with confidence, throwing 61.45m, her best this season for fourth place.

“It’s a seasons best so I am happy. I think there’s more there. My foot is felling better so I just need the training.”

The Australian quartet of Tim Leathart, Josh Ross, Andrew McCabe and Jarod Geddes placed fourth in the 4 x 100m relay in 38.71s behind the Usain Bolt-anchored Jamaican squad who set a new meet record of 37.74s.

In other events, two-time Olympic champion Valerie Adams set a new meet record of 20.90m to win the shot put by 1.16m. The New Zealander was ultra-consistent with four throws over 20.71m and looks to have a mortgage on her fourth straight world title.

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Author: patbirgan

Australian living in Italy and managing the AIS European Training Centre. In my spare time I like to watch, write, tweet, commentate, manage, immerse in all things athletics.

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