Golden Pearson eyes world record
Sat August 18, 2012 6:38pm
HER resume may be impressive but Sally Pearson is hell bent on filling what she believes is a glaring omission - the women's 100m hurdles world record.
Not that she will be working too hard on that in the next two months.
Gold Coast-based Pearson touched down in Brisbane today relishing the prospect of a well-earned eight-week break on the tourist strip with her London Olympic gold medal safely tucked away in her carry-on luggage.
The only looming commitments for Australia's golden girl are Olympic homecoming parades in Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast along with a mooted AFL grand final appearance after opting to pull out of Europe's lucrative Diamond League circuit.
However, Pearson's steely determination still flickered in her eyes today when asked how she could possibly top her London Olympic heroics.
“The only thing left is the world record,” she said.
Pearson clocked an Olympic record 12.35sec to narrowly claim Games gold - just outside Yordanka Donkova's 1988 world mark of 12.21.
And she believed it was a matter of when, not if, she would clock the fastest women's 100m hurdles time ever seen.
“Definitely,” she said.
“(But) I don't have the pressure any more. I have won every single title that I could.
“I have won all four - world title, world indoor, Commonwealth Games and now the Olympics, I am really excited about that.
“But the thing that has driven me is the love for my sport. I love what I do.
“I am going to keep going. I want more and more and more.”
Officially Pearson has clocked off from athletics but she still couldn't help herself, checking the overnight Diamond League 100m hurdles results in Sweden when she touched down in Brisbane.
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