Sally Pearson is creating a lot of noise in the world of track and field after the Australian hurdler collected her first world title in Turkey over the weekend.
The world indoor indoor championships in Istanbul sported the uncommon 60m hurdles event, in which she ran a 7.73 result.
Her coach, Sharon Hannan, believes Pearson will challenge the 24-year-old record for the 100m hurdles and claims she is a month ahead of her training schedule. Pearson’s time in Istanbul, according to Hannan, equates to time on par with her semi-final run at last year’s world championships, the fastest time of anyone for the year.
The Istanbul title was her second in seven months and she looked well ahead of the competition. Tiffany Porter, running for Britain but of American birth, finished two metres behind.
"I'm pretty damn happy with that off a very short hurdles preparation," Hannan told The Australian.
"She's definitely been ahead for the last four weeks of training. What does that mean in terms of time, I don't know. "
The London Olympics are just five months away but Pearson has already become the most dominant Australian hurdler of all time.
Australia’s Henry Frayne also won silver in the long jump, losing to Mauro de Silva of Brazil in a countback.
Frayne told the media he was nearing exhaustion before witnessing Pearson’s run and her efforts brought him back to life and allowed him enough energy to place among the winners.