Sally in Delhi double!

Pearson to double up in Delhi
John Salvado, AAP October 5, 2010, 7:43 pm Send


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Sprint queen Sally Pearson has made the shock decision to chase a golden double in Delhi by adding the glamour 100m event to her Commonwealth Games program.

Pearson last contested both events at international level at the 2007 world championships in Osaka before concentrating on the 100m hurdles, where she won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

She missed much of early 2010 with a back injury suffered just before last year’s world titles.

But after impressing in her 100m hurdles in the European summer season and showing she had lost none of her flat speed while running a slick 150m in England last month, the secret plan was hatched for Pearson to add the 100m to her racing schedule in Delhi.

“We haven’t put any real expectations on her, we just want her to run well,” Athletics Australia high performance manager Eric Hollingsworth told AAP on Tuesday.

"Obviously we’d be very silly to think she wouldn’t make it to the 100m final and assuming she does make it to the final we’ll take it from there.

"It was a joint decision, a really collaborative approach, with us speaking each day around how her training was going and things like that.

“We’re very comfortable with the decision and so is Sally.”

Pearson, 24, will join national champion Melissa Breen in the first round of the women’s 100m on Wednesday night at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

With the big-name Jamaicans absent, the Commonwealth gold medal race is wide-open in an event where Australia’s most recent medallist was Tania Van Heer, who claimed bronze in Kuala Lumpur 12 years ago.

Assuming that Pearson - who is the hottest of favourites in the 100m hurdles - advances to the final in both events, she will race five times in six days.

Although she has focused primarily on the hurdles in the last three years, Pearson is also an exceptional 100m sprinter, with her personal best of 11.14 seconds placing her second behind Melinda Gainsford-Taylor on the national alltime list.

She has also won the 100m-100m hurdles double four times at the Australian championships, most recently in 2009.

National champion Aaron Rouge-Serret will be Australia’s only entrant in the men’s 100m.

Collis Birmingham will lead a three-pronged challenge on Wednesday (0125 Thursday) in the 5000m final, the race where his former training partner Craig Mottram famously claimed silver four years ago in Melbourne.

Mottram’s recent return to form and fitness came too late for him to earn a place in the Delhi team, with Dave McNeill and Ben St Lawrence earning the other two slots.

Birmingham clocked a personal best of 13 minutes 10.97 seconds in Oregon in July, making him the second-fastest Australian ever over 5000m behind Mottram.

“Definitely the best way to come into a big meet like this is to be thinking medals and there’s definitely a good opportunity for me to medal,” said Birmingham.

"It’s been a bit of a funny year for me - I’ve run PBs over 1500, 3000m and 5000m, so as far as the times go it has been pretty good.

"There have also been a few occasions where I’ve gone into races and I haven’t been really race-ready and my results haven’t been what I would usually like.

“But it is all about the Commonwealth Games so hopefully it will come good on Wednesday.”

The men’s 5000m field is one of the strongest of the athletics program in Delhi, also featuring 2010 world rankings leader Eliud Kipchoge and fellow Kenyans Mark Kiptoo and Vincent Yator, Uganda’s Moses Ndiema Kipsiro and England’s 10,000m European championships silver medallist Chris Thompson.

AUSTRALIAN RANKINGS 2010 (up to Oct 3, 2010)

Melissa Breen

Sally McLellan-Pearson

Laura Whaler

Jacinta Boyd

Charlotte van Veenendaal

This doesn’t seem very fair. At the eleventh hour Sally wants to run in the individual 100m and AA show flexibility in their selection policy. This would be reasonable under most circumstances however I doubt AA would of given John Steff the same flexibility if he had expressed interest to run the individual 200m a few days or weeks before the CWG.

I don’t want to appear critical, just asking the Q.

Does the womens 100m offer the same Aus depth as the mens 400m? or the Mens 200? I know the mens 400m is Hotly contested, I don’t know about the mens 200m or womens 100m? Plus Is Johns Form in the mens 200m as great as Sallys is over 100m?

KK, is she taking anyone else’s position? What were the criteria and does she meet them? Genuine questions! Without knowing much about AA and JS except your posts here, my impression is that Sharmer is right.

Sally is the second fastest sprinter this season after Melissa Breen and has a B qualifier to her name. She ran 11.14 at the Osaka WC, making her the second fastest Australian 100m runner of all times.

JS hasn’t run 200m in a number of years and has only once achieved a time inside the B qualifier mark (20.79 in 2007).

Sally just won the Commonwealth Games 100m final, although there’s a good chance that there will be a protest due to an apparent false start.

yep Sally and the english girl clearly broke so they may get kicked out yet…

Aussie stripped of 100m Games gold

Sally Pearson has been sensationally stripped of her gold medal in the women’s 100m after a night of high drama at the Delhi Games.

Four hours after Pearson managed a surprise victory in the event, Pearson officially lost the race after it was deemed she had false-started in the marquee event.

Australia had lodged a counter-appeal after England successfully appealed against Pearson’s win. The Australian was left in tears after the counter-appeal was dismissed.

The unexpected drama began when English runner Laura Turner was disqualified for false-starting in the final, although it appeared that Pearson may have also jumped the gun.

Confusingly Turner was still allowed to run in the final once the field had been recalled, although she came last and was later officially disqualified.

The athletics program descended into high farce as Pearson’s surprise gold medal hung in the balance for close to four hours.

“I don’t know who the protest is about. That’s all I can tell you,” Pearson told reporters in the aftermath of her race.

“I got told it was cleared and I am the gold medallist. Now I’m not and I have to wait. It’s been pretty disastrous and emotionally a huge rollercoaster. That happens in sport. You just have to be patient and see what happens.”

Amid mass confusion at the Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex, Pearson’s coach, Sharon Hannan, said: “At the moment the protest has been upheld and Sally has been disqualified.”

England initially lodged a protest over Pearson’s first place, claiming the Australian sprinter and England rival Turner had “dead heated” in false starting out of the blocks, even though official timers ruled Turner had broken 0.001 sec before Pearson.

An anxious and confusing period ensued as Pearson awaited her fate. She was told by at least one official that England’s appeal had been dismissed and to prepare for the medals ceremony, but by the end of the night’s program Pearson had yet to be informed of the outcome.

“I don’t know what’s going on,” a clearly emotional Pearson said as she was escorted from the track by team officials.

Nigeria is believed to have lodged a secondary protest but it’s currently unclear which of the two protests was upheld resulting in Pearson losing her gold.

IAAP appeals juror Abby Hoffman said: "The protest was not to reinstate the original person who ran under protest. The protest was for the disqualification of another athlete.

“To my knowledge Nigeria is not involved. It’s England.”

The medal ceremony in the women’s 100m was not conducted, and will instead proceed a day after the race was completed. The Sydney Morning Herald understands that medal presentation officials had been told to present the gold to Pearson this morning (NZ time), and arranged the flags accordingly, but were stopped at the last minute, reportedly due to a secondary appeal lodged by the Nigerian team.



In that video - You could see one girl broke in lane 4 and is clearly led out - Sally is in lane 6 and if you pause it into the 1st step, she got no advantage i can see - a good 5 girls look to be infront of her.

In that video - You could see one girl broke in lane 4 and is clearly led out - Sally is in lane 6 and if you pause it into the 1st step, she got no advantage i can see - a good 5 girls look to be infront of her.

In that video - You could see one girl broke in lane 4 and is clearly led out - Sally is in lane 6 and if you pause it into the 1st step, she got no advantage i can see - a good 5 girls look to be infront of her.

In that video - You could see one girl broke in lane 4 and is clearly led out - Sally is in lane 6 and if you pause it into the 1st step, she got no advantage i can see - a good 5 girls look to be infront of her.

In that video - You could see one girl broke in lane 4 and is clearly led out - Sally is in lane 6 and if you pause it into the 1st step, she got no advantage i can see - a good 5 girls look to be infront of her.

The DQ is justified as they both clearly broke on the first attempt. Since Sally broke only 0.001s after Laura Turner, you can’t really argue that her false start was triggered by Laura’s. The tragedy of the situation is just that they let her win the race and go on a victory lap, etc. before finally stripping her of her gold medal.

I understand that JS had to run at the selection trials as this was a pre-condition for selection. He had back surgery 13 wks prior to the Nationals and therefore had sufficient medical reasons for not racing. AA was negligent & arrogant in stipulating that JS had to race or he could miss selection. Now Sally didn’t compete at the selection trials and at the eleventh hour is given the nod by AA. How is this fair or consistent? This decision can only be viewed as massive favouritism and discrimination by AA.

This decision extends to other athletes. Why wasn’t PJ selected for an individual 100m or 200m spot? He had an A qualifier in the 100 & B qualifier in 200 ( 1st at Nationals). AA has agreed that PJ at 37 PJ is too old and he would need to meet the strict criteria to achieve selection in the individual event. He would need to win the nationals in the A qualifying standard. PJ is being discriminating because of his age.

AA has used the strict selection criteria for both PJ and JS. However when it comes it the golden girl Sally, no need to race at nationals (100m), no need to achieve the A standard (100m).
In interviews after the heats Sally told Fox sports reporter Matt Shirvington that she felt good in a recent 150m race in England & decided to run the individual 100m. If JS requested selection based on a good 300m, would it be granted?

I put aside personal relationship in this matter and I am just an objective observer in all of this. I am perplexed by the unjust, unfair, discriminatory application of the selection policy by AA.

I hope that Sally can get some revenge and win the hurdles race, similar to that of the cyclist Perkin’s win in the sprint after his DQ in the kieren.

As far as I know, JS was told that discretionary selection was possible but could not be guaranteed should he miss nationals due to the great depth in the men’s 400m. I agree that PJ was dealt with harshly, although his 100m A qualifier was suspect, he didn’t perform in the 100m at nationals and won the 200m in the absence of the current best runner. Sally was a clear medal prospect in the 100m, and not selecting her would have been a huge mistake.

I see, tough situation! That’s why you should stick to the rules, or give everyone a chance, I guess.

Hi Robin1,

Wondering why PJ’s 100m A Qualifier suspect?