Sally Pearson rules out switch to Winter Olympics sports
Australian track star Sally Pearson has hosed down speculation that she will follow Jana Pittman and cross over to Winter Olympic events.
Instead, the Olympic 100 metres hurdles champion has her sights set on becoming the first Australian female to break the 11-second barrier for the 100 metres sprint.
“I remember saying to someone the other day that almost every single one of those Winter Olympic events you can kill yourself in,” Pearson said. “So I’m not too excited about it. You can never say never, but at this stage, no.”
Pearson is in Western Australia for the Perth Track Classic on a newly laid track at the Perth Athletics Centre.
She said a new track, strong tail winds and stiff competition from Melissa Breen should help her to some fast times on Saturday night.
“It will be my first [hurdle] for the season and for the year, so I am really looking forward to that – for practice for regaining my world title at the world indoor championships in two weeks,” she said.
“I think with good tail winds, it puts me into a position that I don’t usually get for training and that’s fast tailwinds behind you that pushes you up closer to the hurdle and makes you understand what it’s like to be that close to the hurdle and that fast as well.
“Although I don’t like to say that I am running fast because the track is fast; I like to know I am running fast because I am fast.”
Pearson missed the last Australian domestic season because of hamstring injuries that also hampered much of her 2013.
But she said she had been working on her technique with her new coach, Antony Drinkwater-Newman.
She is hoping for a time of 12.7 seconds in the hurdles and is also looking at reproducing the time of 11.2 seconds for the straight 100-metre sprint she recorded in Canberra two weeks ago.
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