Hurdler Pearson wants world record

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2011, 14:56 PM IST

Gold Coast (Australia): World champion hurdler Sally Pearson said on Monday she plans to break the world record next year as she set her sights on London Olympic gold.

Pearson bagged Australia`s only gold medal at the world athletics championships in South Korea this month in a new championship record of 12.28 seconds -- the fourth-fastest time ever run in the 100m hurdles.

Only world record holder Yordanka Donkova (12.21sec in 1988) of Bulgaria, her compatriot Ginka Zagorcheva (12.25 in 1987) and Sweden`s Ludmila Engquist (12.26 in 1992) have gone faster.

Pearson wants to rewrite history.

"Olympic gold and a world record," she said when asked what 2012 held in store during a reception celebrating her achievement on the Gold Coast, her home town.

"After winning the final I still felt like I could do more. That`s a good sign I guess because I felt that 12.28 was real easy for me -- hopefully next year I will be able to go faster."

Pearson, who celebrated her 25th birthday Monday, added that she did not think being world champion would affect her at the London Olympics, where she aims to go better than the silver she won in Beijing in 2008.

"I hope I haven`t peaked. I am still really young. And I don`t believe I will be under pressure at London (Olympics) even though I am world champion," she said.

"If you are confident then you have no worries. That`s what I felt at the world championships -- I just went out there and did what I do best."

Pearson won silver at the last Olympics in Beijing in 2008, and was feted at a public reception which also celebrated the homecoming of Australian tennis star Sam Stosur following her recent US Open win.

Bureau Report