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Pearson 12.40 in Paris

Sally Pearson has run the third fastest time of her career with a 12.40 second victory in still conditions at the Meeting Areva in Paris.

Pearson defeated USAs Virginia Crawford (12.59), who failed to make the US team for London, holding her composure after hitting the second hurdle. The time improved her own world leading performance for the year .

“I just remained focused on what I could do and really enjoyed it out there, I loved the atmosphere out there it was amazing,” Pearson said.

“I think I hit the fifth hurdle, I’m not sure. I was proud of myself that I was still able to compose myself and keep strong and straight and inline with what I had to do, that’s what I was really excited about when I crossed the finish line.

“Of course the time was great, but it’s a little disappointing that if I hadn’t hit that hurdle I would’ve been in the 12.30’s, I can guarantee it.”

Also victorious was Dani Samuels, who scored her first international victory since August last year, with a throw of 61.81m in difficult conditions. Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic was second with 61.46m and France’s Melina Robert-Michon third in 61.04m in a competition where only the top three placegetters threw over 60 metres.

“It wasn’t raining while we were competing but the circle was like ice and that’s what everyone was struggling with. For me though I just had to get a good grip off the back and from there on in just accelerate through the center,” Samuels said.

“We haven’t shied away from training in the rain throughout summer and winter. A lot of the time my coach Denis (Knowles) says ‘oh, there’s a speck of rain let’s go.’

“Knowing that 95% this is what it’s going to be like in London I’m proud of the fact I came out on top today.”

Lachlan Renshaw fell short of the Olympic A-qualifier in the men’s 800m, finishing fourth in 1:45.90 behind David Rudisha’s world leading 1:41.54. Jarrod Bannister was third in the javelin with a best throw of 83.70m.