Australian Olympic hurdles champion Sally Pearson announced her shock retirement on Tuesday (Aug 6), less than 12 months from the Tokyo games, revealing that she had been battling persistent injury problems and could no longer cope. Australia’s Sally Pearson, who won gold in the 100m hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics, is the reigning Olympic and World Championship record-holder in the event AFP/Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS “I am here to let you all know that I have decided to retire from my sport of athletics,” Pearson said on her Instagram account. “It has been a long 16 years … My body has decided it is time to let it go, and move forward onto a new direction,” she said. “I have prided myself on always being on the start line ready to win. I no longer believe I can achieve this,” Pearson, 32, added. Pearson, who won gold in the 100m hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics, is the reigning Olympic and World Championship record-holder in the event and an IAAF Female Athlete of the Year. She revealed in an interview with Australia’s Seven Sunrise television programme that she had suffered numerous leg injuries while preparing for the next World Championships in… Read full this story
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