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07 Aug 2012
London 2012, Olympic News, Athletics, Australia
London 2012

Pearson fulfils dream - London 2012 - Athletics

Sally Pearson tonight realised a dream 12 years in the making by delivering Australia's first Athletics gold medal of London 2012 with a dramatic victory in the 100m Hurdles.

Pearson clocked an Olympic record of 12.35 to edge USA defending champion Dawn Harper into silver by just 0.02.

The 25-year-old said: 'I wouldn't have cared if I had run 14 seconds and won. I wanted that gold medal.

'I have been working for four years for that gold medal. It has been a dream of mine for 12 years, since I watched Cathy Freeman win her gold in Sydney.'

She endured a nervous few moments before the result was confirmed on the scoreboard, bringing cheers of delight from the Australian fans.

Pearson added: 'It was funny because I crossed the finish line and I was like 'I'm well clear of this'.

'Then I looked over and thought "maybe I'm not". I really did feel I had won that race, it was just a matter of having it confirmed on the scoreboard.

'You don't realise how special that is, to see your name at the number one spot.'

USA's Kellie Wells took the bronze in 12.48.

Russia's Ivan Ukhov claimed High Jump gold as the only man to clear 2.36m and 2.38m.

Ukhov even lost his vest at one point, having to pin a number on to a spare T-shirt borrowed from a team-mate before continuing through the competition.

He said: 'I kept jumping higher, but then at the 2.33m bar I could not find my T-shirt with my bib, and Andrey Silnov had to lend me his. I am grateful to the judges that gave me time to look for the T-shirt.'

USA's Erik Kynard took the silver with a 2.33m clearance, with the bronze shared three ways between Briton Robbie Grabarz, Canadian Derek Drouin and Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim.

Germany's Robert Harting took gold in the Discus with a throw of 68.27m.

He celebrated in style by taking his top off and embarking on a lap of honour draped in the German flag before leaping over the barriers set out for the 100m Hurdles final to cheers from the stands.

Iran's Ehsan Hadadi took silver with 68.18m, and Estonia's Gerd Kanter bronze with 68.03m.

Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi claimed 1500m gold in convincing fashion as he pulled clear down the home straight to win in 3:34.08.

USA's Leonel Manzano took the silver and Moroccan Abdalaati Iguider the bronze.

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