Sally Pearson became the first Australian to win the women’s 60m Hurdles as she demolished the rest of the field this evening to clock a World leading, Australian and Oceania record 7.73.
Pearson, who had only run indoors once before these championships, is now the equal fourth fastest of all-time just behind previous World champion Lolo Jones who had set a Championships record 7.72 in Doha 2010.
Noticeably Pearson was only 5 hundredths of a second off Susanna Kallur’s World record.
After running a conservative semi-final earlier today, Pearson who also won the World Athlete of the Year award in 2011, looked poised to take the gold medal back to the Gold Coast.
Unlike this afternoon, she had a blistering start and from then on it was just a matter of clearing all obstacles cleanly.
As she concluded her run-in with the biggest ever margin in the history of the championships, all eyes turned to the clock which flashed 7.72 before being rounded up by 1 hundredth.
The race for silver was taken by Tiffany Porter although the British athlete was relegated to 7.94 while Aline Talay who has been performing well at each of her outing in Istanbul set another season’s best 7.97 to claim bronze.
7.94 is the second slowest time in the history of the championships ever to win silver and the first time no American athlete featured in either the semis or the final.
In fourth Sonata Tamosaityte set a Lithuanian record 8.03.