Sally Pearson wins at World Challenge

SALLY Pearson has achieved double success at the IAAF World Challenge meet in Melbourne.

The Gold Coaster was victorious in the 100-metre flat and hurdles races, although a cold evening at Lakeside Stadium ruled out the prospect of any sizzling times.

She again had the measure of national record holder Melissa Breen in the 100m, winning in 11.34 seconds.


Breen was second in 11.45, ahead of American Natasha Hastings.

“It was a bit unfortunate it was cold tonight,” said Pearson.

“I’m in good shape and it would be nice to be able to come out and run like I train.

“But at the same time it’s a win and I was surprised by the time tonight given how I was feeling,” she added.

Earlier in the meet, Pearson won her favoured event, the 100m hurdles, in 12.83.

Meanwhile, World championships silver medallist Kim Mickle has broken the Australian women’s javelin record.

Mickle threw 66.83m in the third round on Saturday, beating the previous mark of 66.80m set 14 years ago by Louise Currey.

Mickle, 29, set three personal bests at last year’s world titles in Moscow where she claimed silver with 66.60m.