Pearson fastest in 100 meters hurdles semis, holder goes out

Pearson fastest in 100 meters hurdles semis, holder goes out”

Kendra Harrison returned to the London track where she broke the world record previous year to breeze impressively into the semi-finals of the 100 metres hurdles at the World Athletics Championships on Friday.

"It was a lot of fun out there", said Pearson, whose Olympic triumph came in the same stadium.

The fourth Jamaican in the semi-finals - Rochelle Burton - clocked 12.94 seconds for fifth place in the third and final heat. "I'm just happy to be going through the rounds and feeling good; it's a matter of doing it to my own art".

World-record holder Kendra Harrison was also in that heat.

The 24-year-old American, unbeaten since failing to qualify for the Olympics, is determined to make amends for missing out last year and looked as if she will take some beating as she won her opening round heat in the fastest time, 12.60 seconds.

The 30-year-old - the 2011 world champion - missed both the 2015 world championships and 2016 Olympics because of serious injuries, losing out on the former after suffering a "bone explosion" in her wrist in a bad fall at a meet.

Favorite Harrison clipped seven hurdles on her way to a third-place finish, although her time of 12.86 was just enough to put her into Saturday's final through the non-automatic spots.

Now self-coached, the 30-year-old arrived in London in peak physical shape for her first global championships since finishing second at the 2013 world titles in Moscow.

"I was really, really nervous today because it's been a long time since I've been on a championship team", Pearson said.

"I made the final so I'm just glad to have got through".

"We all know what hurdles can do and at the moment I think I'm the most consistent one out there so we'll just have to keep that rolling."

Her semi-final time was a full tenth of a second quicker than the next fastest set by her longtime rival, Dawn Harper-Nelson from the United States (12.63).

Defending champions Danielle Williams and her three Jamaican teammates have failed to advance to the final of the women's 100-metre hurdles at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London on Friday.

"I didn't hurt myself so I'm fine".

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