SYDNEY (Reuters) – World and former Olympic champion high hurdler Sally Pearson, the most successful Australian track athlete of her generation, gave up on her dream of a swansong at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and retired on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old Queenslander, who won Olympic 100 meters hurdles gold at the 2012 London Games and the world title in 2011 and 2017, said she had been forced into the decision by a string of injuries.
Years - Team - Time - Spikes - Pearson
“After 16 years of being on the Australian team it’s time to hang up the spikes,” Pearson told a news conference in Sydney.
“I’m proud of my career and what I’ve achieved and hopefully inspired our next generation of athletes coming through …”
Pearson - Gold - Coast - Prospect - Name
Pearson grew up on the Gold Coast and was initially an international prospect under her maiden name Sally McLellan in both the hurdles and the flat 100 meters sprint.
She got her big breakthrough with the hurdles silver medal at the 2008 Olympics and was named IAAF female athlete of the year after securing her first world title at Daegu in 2011.
Meters - Hurdles - Year - London - Olympics
She dominated the 100 meters hurdles in the year running up to the London Olympics and swept to victory in 12.37 seconds to firmly establish herself among the world’s elite.
One of a trio of American challengers to her supremacy, Brianna Rollins, kept her to a silver at the 2013 worlds and a horrific injury sustained at the Rome Diamond League meeting in 2015 prevented her from competing to get it back.
Fall - Rome - Pearson - Arm - Doctors
After the fall in Rome, Pearson feared she might have to have her lower arm amputated with doctors...
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