Australia’s Sally Pearson celebrates after winning the final of the women’s 100m hurdles in London.
AUSTRALIA’S Sally Pearson has claimed a stunning gold medal victory in the women’s 100 metre hurdles on a day of high-profile farewells in London.
Two farewells ended in tears as Mo Farah was beaten in the final of the 5000m at his final championship, while the legendary Usain Bolt’s career finished in the worst possible fashion – with the star sprinter suffering a hamstring injury in his final ever race, the 4x100m relay.
Usain Bolt competes in the men’s 4×100 metres relay heats on Saturday.Source:Getty Images
Britain won the relay with Bolt pulling up lame on the home straight and collapsing to the ground with the crowd in shock.
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PEARSON AIMS FOR SECOND WORLD TITLE
Australian hurdling great Pearson has added a second world title to her trophy cabinet and banished memories of two years of injury hell.
Five years after winning the 100-metre hurdles at the London Games, Pearson won the world championship title in 12.59 seconds after missing much of the past two seasons because of injury.
American veteran Dawn Harper Nelson was second, .04 seconds behind, and Pamela Dutiewicz of Germany took bronze in 12.72.
World-record holder Kendra Harrison finished fourth.
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Athletics: Golden girl, Sally Pearson has qualified fastest for the final in the 100m hurdles
BOLT AND FARAH BIG ADIEU
Meanwhile, Muktar Edris of Ethiopia broke the hold of Mo Farah on long-distance running, outkicking the Briton over the final 200 meters to win the 5,000 meters at the world championships.
In a tactical race, Farah could not respond to a challenge for the first time in six years, turning his farewell race on the track at a major championship into a disappointment.
Edris won in 13 minutes, 33.79 seconds, .43 seconds ahead of Farah in second. Farah was going for his fifth straight global long-distance double.
Paul Chelimo of the United States took bronze.
Usain Bolt celebrates.Source:AP
The second of the big farewells takes place as Usain Bolt looks to lead his Jamaica team to a final golden moment and gain some consolation for his bronze in the 100m individual final.
Their historic rivals the United States, led by his 100m conqueror Justin Gatlin and silver medallist Christian Coleman, look primed to ruin the script again. However, baton changes are of prime importance and organisers will be praying the Jamaicans who run the heat don’t foul it up for Bolt.
The women’s relay should also be a Jamaica v USA showdown — though both of their stars have had problems: Olympic champion Elaine Thompson has been sick whilst 100m world champion Tori Bowie injured herself in winning gold.
Athletics: Deborah John has suffered this ugly fall in the heats of the 100m hurdles.
SCHEDULE (All times are AEST)
7pm (Friday, AEST): Men’s 110 Metres Hurdles — Decathlon
7:35pm: Women’s 4×100 Metres Relay — Heats
7:55pm: Men’s 4×100 Metres Relay — Heats (Featuring Usain Bolt)
8:00pm: Men’s Discus Throw — Decathlon Group A
8:20pm: Women’s 4×400 Metres Relay — Heats
8:50pm: Men’s 4×400 Metres Relay — Heats
9:20pm: Men’s Discus Throw — Decathlon Group B
10:05pm: Men’s Pole Vault — Decathlon Group A
11:15pm: Men’s Pole Vault — Decathlon Group B
2:30am (Saturday, AEST): Men’s Javelin Throw — Decathlon Group A
3:55am: Men’s Javelin Throw — Decathlon Group B
4:05am: Women’s High Jump — Final
5:05am: Women’s 100 Metres Hurdles — Final (Featuring Australia’s Sally Pearson)
5:15am: Men’s Javelin Throw — Final
5:20am: Men’s 5000 Metres — Final
5:45am: Men’s 1500 Metres — Decathlon
6:30am: Women’s 4×100 Metres Relay — Final
6:50am: Men’s 4×100 Metres Relay — Final (Featuring Usain Bolt)
Originally published as Live: Pearson snares gold, Bolt’s cruel finish