Monday, August 6, 2012

Pearson and Rudisha ease through - London 2012 Olympics

Sally Pearson and David Rudisha showed just why they are the two hottest track favourites for gold at London 2012 by making comfortable progress at the Olympic Stadium
Sally Pearson
The Australian blew away the rest of the field in the heats of the women's 100m Hurdles, recording the fastest time at the Olympic Stadium.
Pearson clocked the fastest-ever first-round time in Olympic history for the 100m Hurdles, running 12.57 to reach the semi-finals.
Rudisha, the world 800m record holder, controlled his heat from start to finish to win in 1:45.90.
Pearson has gone into the Games having suffered only two defeats in two years, although the last of those came in her recent outing at Crystal Palace.
She said: 'I was nervous about the first race. There's no more work to do, this is it.
'Tomorrow is another day at the office. I'm through to the semi-final round now, I want to get it done and dusted.'
The Australian, who has an English mother, was given a huge roar when introduced to the crowd.
'It's really nice to have support when you're on the other side of the world,' she added.
There was a major casualty in the hurdles, though, with Jamaican Brigitte Foster-Hylton, second in the world rankings, clattering the fifth hurdle and trailing home seventh.
She was distraught at the finish and American Lolo Jones tried to console her.
She said: 'I'm heartbroken for Brigitte. I'm devastated for her.
'Honestly, the emotions were out for her. If she had punched me I would have understood.'
Another leading contender went out in the heats of the 1500m as Ethiopia'sGenzebe Dibaba trailed home 10th, clutching her leg and apparently injured at the end.
World champion Jennifer Simpson only just made it through, finishing sixth in her heat.
'It's definitely not OK,' the American said. 'How can I have made this big mistake? I made it so I just about got away with it. What's done is done.'
Estonia's reigning Olympic champion Gerd Kanter was the most impressive qualifier in the Discus with a throw of 66.39m.
Belarus' Nadzeya Ostapchuk topped the women's Shot Put qualifying with 20.76m.

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