Sally Pearson lifted the spirits of Australia when she charged home to win the gold medal today in the 100m hurdles final at the Olympic Stadium in London.
The 25-year-old wonder woman from Brisbane clocked a remarkable 12.35 seconds to win the final from American Dawn Harper who ran12.37s in a blanket finish.
Fellow American Kellie Wells was third in 12.48s Australia’s queen of the track lit up the jammed packed Olympic Stadium with the noise from the crowd reaching a crescendo as she motored over the 10 hurdles and charged to the line.
Seconds after she crossed the line, the normally reserved Pearson performed her victory jig, jumping up and down on the spot.
It was similar to the trackside celebrations in Daegu last year when she ran the fourth fastest time in history to take the world championships gold.
With some bookmakers already paying out on Pearson before the race, there were massive expectations that she would deliver Australia its third gold.
And she didn’t disappoint.
Remarkably last night’s triumph was her 33rd victory in the event in 35 starts.
The same group of disappointed Americans who have chased Pearson for the past two years still couldn’t catch her this morning.
Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells, especially, have watched in amazement at the Australian who has dominated the event.
The signs were evident in the semifinals that Pearson was in the mood for gold.
She qualified fastest for the finals, clocking 12.39s, a season best time for the Australian which broke the United Kingdom all-comers record.
Jones, who famously stumbled at the fourth hurdle in the Beijing final, ran a respectable 12.71, third in the heat won by Pearson, but with the first two placegetters gaining automatic entry to the final, the American faced a nervous wait.
Jones got the nod, making it through to the final with Canada’s Phylicia George, who clocked 12.65s.
Wells, who beat Pearson in the Diamond League meeting two weeks out from the Olympics won her semifinal in a slick 12.51s.
Harper, the reigning Olympic gold medallist, ran a personal best 12.46s to win her semi.