Australian athletics great Sally Pearson has officially announced her retirement from the sport effective immediately.
Over 16 years, she has had more than a brilliant sporting career which has included:
- 2012 Olympic gold medalist, setting the Olympic Record at 12.35
- 2008 Olympic silver medalist
- 2 x World Championships gold medals (2011 & 2017)
- IAAF Female athlete of the year 2011
- World championship silver 100m hurdles (2013)
- World Indoor Championships gold medallist (2012)
- World indoor Championships silver (2014)
- 2 x Commonwealth Games gold medals (2010 & 2014)
- Commonwealth Games bronze 4x100 (2006
- 2004 bronze medal World u20 championships 100m
- 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games Gold (100 hurdles) Silver (4x100) Bronze (100m)
- 2003 World Youth Champion 100m hurdles
- Senior team debut in 2003 Paris World Championships in the 4x100m
- 16-time Australian champion (100m, 200m and 100m hurdles)
- Australian record holder 100 hurdles (12.28)
- 6th fastest all-time over the 100m hurdles
- 3rd fastest all-time Australian 100m (11.14)
“I have prided myself on always being on the start line ready to win. I no longer believe I can achieve this. It is therefore with much regret that I have come to the conclusion that it is time to retire from this phase of my life and move on to the next,” Pearson said.
“I love my sport and the friends I have made through it. I have had wonderful support from my family, my team, Athletics Australia, the AOC, my sponsors, the media and the fans – to them all I say thank you”.
Athletics Australia CEO Darren Gocher said:
“Sally is an Australian champion. She has been a great ambassador for the sport for a long time and has had an outstanding career, with many highlights. This is the start of a new chapter in Sally's life and we wish her all the best,” Gocher said.
“Sally has inspired a new generation of athletes and the future looks bright for the sport,” he added.
The Australian athletics team are preparing for the IAAF World Athletics Championships being held in Doha from September 28 – October 8, 2019.