Pearson second fastest in heats

Sally Pearson has run her fastest time of the year to comfortably advance to the semi finals at the world championships and confidently begin her world title defence.
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Threateningly though the young American Brianna Rollins, who has burst onto the scene this year running the third fastest time ever, ran the quickest time of any of the heat winners to lay down the challenge to Pearson.

And on the field Australia’s Kim Mickle threw a new personal best 65.73m – the second biggest throw by an Australian woman ever – to automatically advance to the finals of the javelin where she joins Kathryn Mitchell who also advanced when she managed a season’s best throw of 62.8 metres.

Pearson ran a promising 12.62 seconds to easily win her heat at the Moscow World Athletics Championships and go through to the finals on Sunday morning (AEST).

“I was a bit more nervous than normal, because I think I wanted to get it right and I didn’t get it right at the start,” Pearson said.

“It was good to feel myself again I just have a bit of tidying up to do at the end of the race but that will come I think it is just because I have been waiting so long, two days off before training before this.

“It was a season’s best, I thought I would run faster but I screwed up the last hurdle and a half – if you can do that – I just have to make it cleaner.

“It was nice to be out there again and hurdling with confidence and I am not in pain which is the best thing.

“It was good fun to be out there I feel like I am a caged tiger again … I certainly got inspiration from the 4 x400 boys. It was the only event that I actually stood up out of my chair and screamed at the TV.”

Moments after Pearson’s comfortable run, Rollins ran her first heat at a major championship and was far from overwhelmed by the experience running a sharp 12.55seconds – the quickest of any heat.

In June this year at the US trials Rollins ran a world-leading time of 12.26 seconds – the third fastest time ever – a time which put the world on notice that notwithstanding the fact Pearson was already recovering from two hamstring strains, the Australian would confront a different landscape this season.

Ordinarily Pearson runs hardest and fastest in each of her heats with other runners holding something back for the finals. Rollins evidently comes from Pearson’s school of thinking for she was clean and quick over the hurdles.

The first heat of the morning had established a sluggish pace with Canadian Angela Whyte winning in just 12.93s.

Briton Tiffany Porter won her heat in 12.72s with former Olympic champion and London silver medallist Dawn Harper running a surprisingly slow 12.84 to run third yet still advanced to the semis (the first four runners in each heat went through). Queenie Harrison won her heat in the unimpressive time of 12.95s.

On the field Australia’s Kathryn Mitchell threw 62.8m with her second throw to automatically qualify for the women’s javelin.

“A little bit of stress after the first throw, that was to bow out the cobwebs and nerves the first one, but I knew it was in there I just had to be patient and put it out there and it happened to come out and pass the auto qualifier and it did.’’

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