Sally Pearson roars back to win world 100m hurdles gold

Damian Warner in the decathlon long jump at the IAAF World Championships London 2017

Damian Warner in the decathlon long jump at the IAAF World Championships London 2017

"It wasn't surprise, it wasn't shock, I was just proud, so proud of what I had done to get here". And since I was a girl I have been admiring Sally Pearson.

"This is just so incredible to be a world champion again".

Pearson, whose English mother brought her up as a single parent and in very straitened circumstances, taking two jobs so her daughter could realise her dream, said it had been a long and hard road back to the top.

Saturday's final was the latest instalment of the great rivalry between Pearson and Harper-Nelson, with the American having relegated the Australian into second spot at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, only for Pearson to reverse that result four years later in London.

The 30-year-old's sublime run contrasted sharply with America's world record holder Kendra Harrison who squeaked into the final as the slowest of the two fastest losers who qualify.

Former men's 110m hurdles world record holder Colin Jackson described the Australian's technique as "absolutely flawless" and that, combined with her famed winning mentality and now a body again able to match her mind, took her over the line. However, the American was overhauled by strong finishes from Harper-Nelson and Dutkiewicz (and eventually Harrison, who finished in fourth after a strong final two hurdles) though no one could get close to the Australian, who took the victory.

On a day of farewells in London, sprint king Usain Bolt will lead the Jamaican men's 4x100m relay team in his final major championship race on Sunday morning (AEST).

"When I knew I felt that I knew it was in me to do it". London (2012) was such a relief more than anything, to get it done.

But the people she wanted to thank first on crossing the line to claim world championships gold in the 100m hurdles were those who had been there every day for the past year and more.

"I've left no stone unturned to get here".

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"Me and Sally have just battled it out for years and it's been so great to be here with her".

"Silver tastes like gold tonight", she said.

'I have just been lucky enough to see the whole journey and all the struggles she has gone through behind the scenes.

Pearson's problems started in 2015 when she broke her wrist in a race fall in Rome at the Diamond League event.

It proved to be masterstroke.

"On the first day of athletics at the Olympics I made a decision to coach myself", she said.

"But I knew I could do it". She then had two coaches for brief periods before deciding in August past year - on the first day of the athletics at the Rio Olympics - to coach herself.

She parted with her long-term coach from her junior days, Sharon Hannan, after she won silver in Moscow.

Ali's compatiot Christine Manning produced a faultless display in her semi to progress in 12.71 sec but the opposite was the case of Williams.

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