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Monthly ArchiveSeptember 2008

Sally Mclellan Pearson

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Sally Pearson (née McLellan) (born 19 September 1986[3]) is an Australian athlete. She is the 2011 World champion and 2012 Olympic champion in the 100 metres hurdles. She also won a silver medal in the 100 m hurdles at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2013 World Championships.

 

Sally started athletics seriously after moving to Queensland from Sydney, where she had participated successfully in swimming and gymnastics.Her idols include Catherine Freeman, Melinda Gainsford-Taylor and actress Julia Roberts.Sally changed her surname from McLellan to Pearson following her marriage to Kieran Pearson in early 2010.

 

Pearson broke through on the international level by winning the 100-meter hurdles at the 2003 World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Canada, in 13.42 seconds. She was also fifth in the 200 (24.01) and competed in the medley relay. The same year, at age 16, she ran on Australia’s 4 x 100-meter relay team at the Paris World Championships.In 2004 Pearson was third in the 100, fourth in the 100 hurdles and competed on Australia’s fifth-place 4 x 100-meter relay team at the World Junior championships in Grosseto, Italy.Sally won gold in the 100m hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics, four years after winning silver in Beijing. Laying claim to the Australian record of 12.28, Sally was the 2011 world champion in the 110m hurdles and the IAAF World Athlete of the Year. Sally competed in Moscow at the 2013 IAAF World Championships despite a limited preparation due to injury. She came 2nd and won the silver medal, running a season best time of 12.50.

Scott Martin

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Scott opened his account well in the Olympic Games qualifying round, launching the big metal ball 19.75m. However, two fouls followed and Scott’s 2008 Olympic campaign was over, finishing 10th in Group A with only one valid attempt.

At the 2009 world titles Scott recorded a best distance of 19.52m to place 25th overall, missing out on a berth in the final.

Jana Pittman 98

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Jana missed the 2007-2008 domestic season due to injury. She returned to the track mid-2008 aiming to compete on the European circuit in the lead-up to her main goal, Beijing. In her first competition in Poland Jana pulled up sore and was unable to resume training. In a devastating blow for the World Champion she made the difficult decision to withdraw from the Olympic Games.

Jana initally underwent surgery to the second toe of her right foot in January to remove loose cartilage and clean up the joint. She had been experiencing pain in the toe since early 2007, and decided to have what was seen to be a relatively minor procedure, which would only see her off the training track for three weeks.

Jana will now look to claiming a third world title in Berlin in 2009 and to 2012 where the elusive Olympic gold awaits.