Mar 7, 2014; Sopot, Poland; Nia Ali (USA) wins womens 60m hurdle heat in 7.87 in the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Nia Ali defeats Sally Pearson for 60-meter hurdles title

Nia Ali followed up her victory at last month’s USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque with a victory in the women’s 60-meter hurdles at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot on Saturday, edging out defending champion Sally Pearson by 0.05 seconds to claim the title.

The 25-year-old Ali turned in times of 7.87 seconds in the opening round and 7.88 seconds in her semi-final heat, but she was able to run a 7.80 in the final, tying her personal best. Pearson, who was hoping to become only the second women in history — besides LoLo Jones — to win back-to-back world titles in the 60-meter hurdles, roared into the final having recorded times of 7.79 seconds in the opening round and 7.81 seconds in the semi-finals, but she clipped the last hurdle in the final to finish with a disappointing time of 7.85 seconds.

Although this year marked Ali’s first appearance at the IAAF World Indoor Championships, she’s no stranger to international competition, having captured the gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2011 World Student Games in Shenzhen, China.

[Source: IAAF.org]

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