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Sally Pearson wins 100m Hurdles Gold

Sally Pearson celebrates 100m Hurdle Gold. Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty

Sally Pearson has become Australia’s latest Olympic Champion, taking out Gold in the Women’s 100m Hurdles.

In a dramatic final, Sally Pearson narrowly won Gold for Australia, setting a new Olympic Record of 12.35sec. However it wasn’t easy, Pearson had to overcome a late surge by American Dawn Harper to win the title.

Immediately unsure whether she had won the race, Pearson stood in shock awaiting confirmation of the win, before falling to the ground, screaming in joy.

‘I really wanted this tonight – I’ve worked so hard to get this,’ Pearson told BBC. ‘I don’t even know how to describe it, it’s a dream.’

Pearson started well and had a strong lead at the 50 meter mark, but was quickly roped in by Harper with 10 meters to go. However, the Australian had done enough and overcame the reigning champion by 0.02 seconds.

‘I didn’t realise how close Dawn was until the end. I said in my head, ‘please don’t let this happen, I need this’,’ Pearson told News Limited.

Pearson screams of Joy after winning 100m Hurdles Gold Credit: Stu Forster/Getty

‘I was so scared and I was so nervous, but I wasn’t going to let anything stop me. I feel like I am walking on a cloud.’

Pearson who won Silver in Beijing 4 years ago, has since dominated the event, being dubbed ‘unstoppable’ before narrowly going down to Kellie Wells just 3 weeks ago. Though Sally’s quick dash saw her set the fastest time of the season.

‘It’s a matter of going through the emotions and realising what I have just done tonight,’ Pearson told ABC Radio. ‘

Sally with Gold Medal. Credit: Quinn Rooney/Getty

‘My goals were last year to win the world champs and this year to win the Olympic Games and I’ve done that and I couldn’t be happier.’

A standing ovation from a packed stadium warmly congratulated Pearson as she bounced around proudly flying an Australian flag.

Pearson wins Gold for Australia. Credit: Getty Images

Anna Meares also overcame Team GB rival, Victoria Pendleton to win Australia’s 3rd Gold Medal in the Women’s Sprint in a very successful night for the Australians.

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