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Olympic Information

  • 2008 Beijing - 2nd (100m hurdles)

Recent Performances

  • 1st (100m hurdles) - 2012 Diamond League (Oslo, Norway)
  • 1st (100m hurdles) - 2012 Australian Olympic Trials (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 1st (100m hurdles) - 2012 Sydney Track Classic (Sydney, Australia)
  • 1st (100m hurdles) - 2012 Perth Track Classic (Perth, Australia)
  • 1st (100m hurdles) - 2011 World Challenge (Zagreb, Croatia)
  • 1st (100m hurdles) - 2011 World Championships (Daegu, Korea)

Career Highlights

  • Winning the silver medal in my debut Olympics in Beijing in the 100m hurdles
  • Winning the Commonwealth Games 100m hurdles gold medal in Delhi, 2010
  • Winning the 100m hurdles World Championship and the IAAF Female Athlete of the Year in 2011

Interesting Facts

  • Sally Pearson became the first Australian to be named the IAAF Female World Athlete of the Year in 2011. Her near perfect results saw her claim 15 of the 16 100m hurdles races she competed in throughout the year, including the 2011 World Championship in a time of 12.28s.
  • Pearson kicked off 2012 with a gold medal at the World Indoor Championships in the 60m in Istanbul. She then matched her own world lead time at the Diamond League in Oslo in June in a time of 12.49s.
  • At the Beijing Olympics, Pearson (then McLellan) won Australia's first medal in hurdles since 1968. Pearson took silver in the race which was won by Dawn Harper (USA) in 12.54 seconds. The next five athletes were separated by a total of 0.02 seconds.
  • Sharon Hannan has been Pearson's coach since she was 13. Hannan was not an athlete herself and Pearson is her first champion. Veteran coach Roy Boyd has helped and their relationship continues to produce results.
  • Pearson is married to her Helensvale High School sweetheart Kieran, a Gold Coast plumber.


Years on national team



Sharon Hannan (1999 - current)
Peter Hannan (1999 - current)

Primary Training Base

Gold Coast, Australia


Gold Coast Athletics Club (QLD, Australia)


Queensland Academy of Sport, Brisbane



Arundel State School (QLD, Australia)


Hellensvale State High School (QLD, Australia)

Athletics Team

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