Aug 16, 2013; Moscow, RUSSIA; Sally Pearson (AUS) wins womens 100m hurdles heat in 12.62 in the 14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics at Luzhniki Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Australian hurdler Sally Pearson splits with coach of 14 years

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Australian hurdler Sally Pearson, who won gold medals in the 100 meters at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu and at the 2012 London Olympics, announced on Wednesday that she’ll be parting ways with Sharon Hannan, her coach for the past 14 years.

Looking for a fresh start, the 27-year-old Perason released the following statement:

The time is right for us to go our separate ways. Sharon has made me into a Champion but I feel that to move to another level I need to freshen up my approach to training, develop fresh ideas and incorporate new challenges into the way I do business. My competitors are always striving to make themselves better and I must do the same.


Sharon is an amazing coach and I will continue to attribute my success to her (Athletics Australia).

Pearson was the favorite in the 100 meter hurdles going into this year’s IAAF World Championships in Moscow, but hamstring problems hampered her preparation for the event. She wound up being upset by 22-year-old American Brianna Rollins.

[Source: Athletics Australia]

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