SALLY Pearson gave Australia a welcome boost in the medals table when she held her nerve to win gold in the women's 100 metres hurdles at the London Olympics.
The reigning world champion and Olympic silver medallist from four years ago clocked 12.35 seconds to break the Olympic record held by American Joanna Hayes, set in Athens, by 0.02 of a second.
Pearson just edged out American Dawn Harper (12.37), with countrywoman Kellie Wells (12.48) taking the bronze.
"I don't even know how to describe it because it's like a dream right now," said Pearson, who has been based in Britain for the last six weeks to escape the pressure in Australia.
"I am feeling relief, that's the first thing and now I am just in shock.
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