Monday, April 22, 2019 | ePaper

World champ Pearson's comeback hits hurdle

  • Print




Australia's dual 100-metre hurdles world champion Sally Pearson Sunday pulled out of her first competitive event in more than a year, saying her body was "overheating", in a blow to her comeback plans.
The 32-year-old, who won the world title in 2011 and 2017, hadn't competed over the hurdles since an Achilles problem sidelined her 14 months ago.
She won her first race since then at the Australian championships in 12.99 seconds, but looked drained afterwards on a hot Sydney day and pulled out of the final.
"After the race I felt like I was overheating, my legs felt like lead and I just needed to get out of there," she told reporters after getting the all-clear from medical staff.
"I'm disappointed, really disappointed," she added.
"But I'm actually going to listen to my body this year and when it's down and I can't move... you've got to listen to it and move on to the next race, get some training in."
It is a big blow for the 2012 Olympic champion as she targets more glory at the Doha world championships in September.
Injuries have been a constant for Pearson, who suffered a broken wrist from a race fall which derailed her 2015 world titles campaign.
A hamstring problem hit her 2016 Rio Olympics hopes and she was forced to pull out of the Commonwealth Games on home soil last year due to the Achilles issue.
While it was tough going for Australia's best-known athlete, the national championships, which wrap up Sunday, has unearthed several new potential stars, notably 16-year-old Sasha Zhoya.
He burst onto the scene by winning the under-20 pole vault with a height of 5.56 metres, just shy of the world championship qualifying standard. No 16-year-old has ever jumped higher.
The Perth-born Zhoya, who could opt to represent France courtesy of his French mother, also defied a headwind to clock 13.05 seconds and win the under-18 110m hurdles -- another under-16 world best.
That came a day after he clinched gold in the under-20 200m, finishing in 21.18, narrowly outside the Australian record.
Eddie Nketia, 17, is another top prospect, stunning a more experienced field to win the men's 100m in 10.22 seconds.
Coached by his father and New Zealand 100m record holder Gus Nketia, he is another subject to a tug-of-war for his services. Nketia is eligible for either Australia or his family's homeland.
Among other athletes, Matt Denny won the men's discus with a throw of 65.28m, inside world championship qualifying distance, while high jumper Joel Badan also leapt a world qualifying height of 2.30m.
Both Kelsey Barber and Kathryn Mitchell threw world championships qualifying distances of 65.53m and 62.78m respectively in the women's javelin.

More News For this Category

Surprised Nadal sees 'super solid' Djokovic exit Monte Carlo

Surprised Nadal sees 'super solid' Djokovic exit Monte Carlo

AP, Monaco :Surprised at seeing rival Novak Djokovic go out of the Monte Carlo Masters after an error-strewn performance, defending champion Rafael Nadal acknowledged he enjoyed some luck in

Dutch league game plan riles Feyenoord fans

Dutch league game plan riles Feyenoord fans

Agency :A decision by the Dutch football federation to postpone all premier league games ahead of Ajax's Champions League clash against Tottenham was criticised Saturday as having "broad and

Barty beats Azarenka as Australia and Belarus share Fed Cup spoils

Agency :Australia and Belarus shared the spoils on day one of their Fed Cup semi-final in Brisbane Saturday with Ashleigh Barty sweeping past Victoria Azarenka while Aryna Sabalenka ground

Orlando Magic's Nikola Vucevic (9) moves the ball against Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry (7) during the second half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Orlando, Fla on Friday.

Orlando Magic's Nikola Vucevic (9) moves the ball against Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry (7) during the second half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Orlando, Fla on Friday.

.

Brazilian tennis player Souza provisionally suspended

AP, London :Brazilian tennis player Joao Souza has been provisionally suspended again amid a corruption investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit.Souza had already been provisionally suspended on March 29

Defending champ Henderson tied for lead at Lotte Championship

Defending champ Henderson tied for lead at Lotte Championship

Agency :Canada's Brooke Henderson took another step towards defending her title, firing a three-under 69 for a share of the lead heading into the final round of the Lotte

Former Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop given four-year doping ban

Former Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop given four-year doping ban

BBC Online :Former Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop has received a four-year ban for doping.The Kenyan, a three-time world champion, tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) in an out-of-competition test

Simeone backs Costa after striker misses Atletico practice

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has come out in support of Diego Costa after the Spain striker reportedly refused to practice with the rest of the team.Simeone said Costa's

Barty to face Azarenka in Fed Cup semi

Barty to face Azarenka in Fed Cup semi

AFP, Brisbane :World number nine Ashleigh Barty will face her doubles partner and two-time major winner Victoria Azarenka in the Fed Cup semi-final between Australia and Belarus on Saturday.The pair

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez calls for win over Southampton to secure survival

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez calls for win over Southampton to secure survival

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is demanding one final push against Southampton to help his side secure Premier League survival.The sides meet at St James' Park on Saturday evening separated by