Inside Athletics

Bon voyage Pearson

Sally Pearson has wrapped up her domestic preparations for the London Olympics and is set to take on the world after a solid hit out today in Brisbane. Pearson, who is the overwhelming favourite for gold in London after a dominant victory at last year's world championships, recorded times of 11.31 (+0.9) and 12.74 (-0.4) in the 100m and 100m hurdles respectively.

“Training has been going as well as it should be, I’ve got today’s race out of the way and shaken all the cobwebs out. I’ve not missed a session since I came back from world indoors and I’m feeling as great as possible before flying out," said Pearson.

“A bit quicker in the hurdles would have been nice, I was pushing for a time similar to what they ran in Rome yesterday [Dawn Harper: 12.66], but the conditions aren’t ideal today and we’re talking about a small meet in Brisbane rather than a big stage like that.

  “The times here today are almost the same as what I ran before heading over for world champs prep last year, and that was in beautiful warm sunshine on theGold Coast so on the whole I am pretty happy.

Pearson's next race will be at the Bislett Games in Oslo on Thursday, which is part of the IAAF's Diamond League series.

 "I’m leaving on Monday and I just can’t wait to get over there, it’s going to be a smashing field in Oslo.

"So many of the girls are running because it provides a chance to run heats and then a final. It will be really exciting."

“I don’t know if I am ahead of where I was this time last year, but I do know that I’m not going to the Games for silver again and that I am capable of running the time needed to win. There is never a guarantee in sport but I will do 110 percent to make it happen for both me and Australia."