London gold medallist Sally Pearson is recovering well from a hamstring injury and will return to full training within the next few weeks in a bid to retain her world title later this year in Moscow.
Pearson, who provided Australia's highlight at last year's Olympics when she won the 100m hurdles, arrived in Perth yesterday to help promote tomorrow night's Go for 2 & 5 Track Classic at the WA Athletics Stadium.
She tore the hamstring during training a fortnight ago, but said she was already halfway through her rehab. Her competitive return is scheduled for Manchester on May 25.
"I am hoping in about two weeks time I will be back into normal fitness training again and getting ready for my European campaign," she said.
"I have the world championships this year, which is really important to me. I want to be able to get my crown back again."
Pearson said her Olympic achievement felt like a long time ago.
"You are kind of past all that and you are focused on the next thing," she said.
"Post-Olympics was going to functions, going to dinners, going to awards nights. It was very busy but it was a lot of fun."
But the 26-year-old said she didn't take much time to celebrate her success.
"You kind of get your head screwed on pretty quickly afterwards because you realise, 'yeah I have got more world championships, more Commonwealth Games to go'," she said.
Pearson has one eye on the Rio Olympics in 2016, but says she has so much more she wants to achieve in the next few years.
"You have always got it in the back of your mind but at the end of the day there is so much work to do before," she said.
"There is still a world record to break, so I am definitely hoping that I can run faster."
Pearson said she was disappointed she wasn't able to compete in Perth, but would be doing some commentary during the event.
She hoped big crowds would come out to see some of the best athletes in the world.
"Australians definitely appreciate the sport and it is always awesome for them to see our best athletes on the track close up and personal before we all head over to Europe," she said."They don't get to see much of us very often, if at all."
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