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Lolo Jones is getting all the headlines, but Sally Pearson — the 25-year-old reigning world hurdles champion — is the real favourite going into the 100-meter hurdles final this afternoon.Pearson has lost just one race in the last 10 months, and she has an incredible off-the-track story to match her on-the-track dominance.
Pearson overcame her meager upbringing and small stature (she’s only 5’5″) to become the best women’s hurdler in the world.
In today’s 100-meter final (4 p.m. eastern time), she wants to set the world record with a 12.2-second 100m, and blow away her competition in the process.
If she does it, she’ll became one of the most accomplished hurdlers ever, and steal the headlines from Lolo.
She was an underdog 21-year-old when she came out of nowhere to win the silver medal in the 100m hurdles at the 2008 Olympics
She ran the fourth-fastest 100m in history in a gold-medal winning performance at the 2011 World Championships, propelling her to stardom in Australia
She got sponsorships with companies like Qantas, and the country latched on to her rags-to-riches story
But it's not all good. In London, Sally will have to overcome a long-standing hurdles curse. In 2000, 2004, and 2008, the 100m women's hurdles favourite either fell or got injured
There's more! Sally was raised by her UK-born single mother, Anne, who worked two jobs. Since they didn't have a car, Sally commuted to track practice by bus and taxi
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