Meet The Dominant Aussie Hurdler Who's Expected To Crush Lolo Jones In The 100 Meters Today

Sally Pearson

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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

After the Beijing Games she married her high-school sweetheart. Her husband, Kieran, is a plumber

Source: The Australian

After Beijing, she began to pass stars like Lolo Jones and Dawn Harper on the hurdles totem-pole

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

Source: Qantas

In 2011, she won the IAAF Women's Athlete of the Year. Usain Bolt won the men's award

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

Source: The Australian

She fell at an event in Belgium in September of 2011. But since then, she has only lost one race

Going into today's race, the oddsmakers have her as a heavy 1-2 favourite to win the 100m

Source: Sportsbook

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

Source: The Australian

She'll take on Lolo and Co., and try to win her first-ever Olympic gold, at 4 p.m. today

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