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Sally Pearson abandons bid for double gold at Commonwealth Games

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Pearson will focus on the hurdles at the Games
Pearson will focus on the hurdles at the Games.

Australia's golden girl of Track and Field, Sally Pearson, has abandoned her bid for double glory at the Commonwealth Games, by pulling out of the 100m sprint to focus on defending her hurdles title, as reported by the BBC.

Defending champion

The former World and current Olympic Champion at the 100m hurdles, told the media that due to an early season injury she felt it was best to focus solely on her strongest event, especially considering she is the defending champion at the discipline.

"The latest I can pull out of the 100m is 48 hours before and right now it is more likely that I'm going to pull out," she said.

"I've had a few discussions with a lot of people including my coach and at this stage we are not sure I can do two events."

Pearson stressed: "It's disappointing that my injury has led me to this decision, but at the same time the 100m in Delhi was a bonus.

Pearson has a personal best in the sprint of 11.14s, a time that would certainly put her in with a shot at gold.

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Dehli double

The 27-year old attempted the double in Delhi four-years, however protests led to her disqualification after being reinstated following a false start.

Pearson's ear;ly season preparation has been hampered by injury but the Australian appears to be brimming with confidence after running a season's best, 12.79 in London recently.

"My time in London was the fastest I've run all season since being over in Europe, so coming to the Commonwealth Games with that under my belt is a huge confidence boost and sign things are heading in the right direction.

"I'm a lot happier in the village now than what I thought I was going to be."

Competition

Pearson's main competition will come from US born Brit Tiffany Porter, winner at last weekend's Anniversary Games and her dual with Pearson is expected to be one of the events of the Track and Field.

Pearson being disqualified at the last Commonwealth Games

Porter was full of praise for her opponent and acknowledged she will have to be at her best if she wants to clinch gold.

"It's a confidence boost and things seem to be clicking at the right time, so hopefully I can go out and do my very best at the Commonwealths," Porter said.

"You can't ever count Sally out, she's a great competitor, but I am going into it hoping to go away with the gold. We don't train for second place."

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