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Pearson wins hurdles at Perth meet despite scare

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Perth

Sally Pearson competes in the women's 100 metre hurdles during the Perth Track Classic at the WA Atheletics Stadium on Saturday.

Sally Pearson competes in the women's 100 metre hurdles during the Perth Track Classic at the WA Atheletics Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images

Olympic champion Sally Pearson overcame a minor hamstring scare to post a blitzing time in the 100 metres hurdles on Saturday night at the Perth Track Classic.

Pearson, whose 2013 campaign was blighted by hamstring problems, was slated to compete in both the 100 metres sprint and hurdles in Perth.

But the 27-year-old pulled out of her sprint battle with Melissa Breen on the advice of her physio.

She underwent a MRI scan on Friday just to make sure there wasn't anything wrong with her hamstring.

After being given the all-clear, Pearson posted an impressive time of 12.6 seconds in the hurdles to secure an A-qualifying time for this year's Commonwealth Games.

Pearson, boasting a personal best of 12.28 seconds, said she was surprised at her fast time given it was her first hurdling event of the season.

"It's such a relief," Pearson said. "I was really worried coming into here - that's why I pulled out of the 100m sprint. I don't think my hamstring's ready to do the double.

"I've got the World Indoor Championships in two weeks, and that's the most important thing.

"I'd rather win a gold medal than run a 100 metres here. I really want to regain my title."

AAP

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