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Pearson Injury Raises Doubts for Glasgow Commonwealth Games

SallyChampion hurdler and sprinter Sally Pearson has been forced to withdraw from this weekend’s Diamond League Athletic Carnival in New York. Another foreboding twitch in her hamstring has forced the veteran runner to take the safe option and rest.

At an event in Rome last week Sally complained of a similar nagging in her hamstring. “It’s  warning that I still have a little work to do.” Pearson wrote in a blog on her website.

The work Pearson is referring to is rehabilitation from twice tearing her hamstring last year. As the saying goes in running, ‘Any runner is only a hamstring injury away from oblivion,’ so for Sally to be running at this level at all is a testimony to her fighting spirit.

However, last year’s injuries were to cost her the opportunites of defending her world title. Rather than competing she was returning to full fitness as the domestic season continued with out her.

Sally returned to top grade in time to recapture her Australian 100m and 100m hurdle titles and she seemed pleased with her progress. Until, after a long cramped flight, the hamstring niggle returned in Rome – and now again in New York.

Doubts are building over Pearson’s ability to be ready for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next month. It would be a cruel blow to the sprinter who has already done so much for her sport and country.

Peason has three smaller races in Belgium, Scotland, and Switzerland in which to prove her fitness before the Games are due to begin.