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  • #16
    Devers was 33 when she set her career best of 12.33,
    Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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    • #17
      Originally posted by El Toro View Post
      I'm not surprised by this, especially after she didn't run at Oceania to focus on her Euro campaign - and then had no Euro campaign.

      She (and Sharon) should be really proud of her achievements, especially as they were achieved without an existing environment of hurdling excellence as a base.

      If not for Sally, Pam Ryan's 12.93 from 4 September 1972 would have remained the AUS record until 29 March 2015, when it would have been broken twice by Michelle Jenneke with a 12.92 (+1.2) heat and a 12.82 (+1.3). Of course, you'd have to ask the question, "How fast would Jenneke have been without Pearson to lead?"
      I wouldn't be surprised if her 12.28 lasts longer than 35 years as an Aussie record.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Powell View Post
        Devers was 33 when she set her career best of 12.33,
        Thanks. I edited post 15 to acknowledge that.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by scottmitchell74 View Post
          She was a great joy to watch.
          Agreed! Especially her 2008 interview after winning the Silver medal.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPn3qY2vJFU

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          • #20
            As we watch these athletes through the years we tend to think they will always be around but when great athletes walk away from the sport it brings us back to reality. We must enjoy the special moments as they come because soon we look up and they are no more. Thinking of Usain Bolt and VCB, Felix Sanchez, Sanya Richards-Ross...list goes on.

            Enjoy your retirement Mrs. Pearson.
            Last edited by scorpionking; 08-06-2019, 07:01 PM.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by AS View Post
              Save for the glaring omission of mentioning Raelene Boyle, who I would argue was better than Pearson. Robbed of a world record and gold medal in Munich by 0.05 seconds, 22.45 in 1972. Freeman and Pearson did not break world records, even when losing a race. And Boyle might have won the sprint double as well had certain factors not been in play.
              Last edited by ; 08-06-2019, 07:16 PM.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by AS View Post
                The "most dominant Aussie in any event" stat is astounding - 97 performances in 100mH before 2nd best Aussie (12.82).
                Yeah, I tweeted back to Tarby about that line - Herb Elliott was undefeated at 1,500 m / mile races in his career and was certainly more dominant than Pearson. Probably correct for female Aussies.

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                • #23
                  But Elliott's career, as briliant as it was, was a short one. He certainly didn't get anywhere near having the 97 top Australian performances of all time.
                  Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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                  • #24
                    comparing a hurdler (with heat and semi marks ready to pile on the ATL total) with a miler is apples & oranges.

                    Pearson can't be mentioned in the same breath as Elliott.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by gh View Post

                      Pearson can't be mentioned in the same breath as Elliott.
                      Oh god yes...

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                      • #26
                        Having the top 97 times is more a reflection of the quality of the rest of the Aussie hurdles talent....

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                        • #27
                          How many times has a reigning world champion retired? Not often, I'm sure.

                          Pearson's had a great career, though! She very well might be the most successful female 100m hurdler of the 21st century. Her London OG final is one of my favourite races of all-time, with that classic duel involving her great rival Harper-Nelson.

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                          • #28
                            A really nice tribute to Pearson, written by Aussie quartermiler Steven Solomon, appears here:

                            https://www.playersvoice.com.au/stev...uw6TcT7qJTK.97

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Powell View Post
                              But Elliott's career, as briliant as it was, was a short one. He certainly didn't get anywhere near having the 97 top Australian performances of all time.
                              Quite unfair. Back in Elliott's day there was no pro support, nor any funding other than a 9 - 5 job. You had to get permission to tour Europe.

                              There were only the Olympics and Commonwealth games to look forward to. Your entire career was those two meets.

                              Elliott was able to get way more success than many, as was Ron Clarke, but economically it was a sacrifice. My Brother had to work as a bread carter on night shift prior to his olympics in order to get acclimated to the time differences and to eat. He prepared out of season in the winter. Raelene Boyle was not allowed to go to Europe pre - Munich. The association controlled all that. She went from winter to racing Stecher. couple of weeks to knock the rust off and still almost won. Stuff was different then.

                              Back when Herb was running there was always going to be a life priority. Elliott made his decision to go to Cambridge and pursue success elsewhere. He'd done everything possible in track and the only option left was to do it again.

                              Sally is a wonderful competitor. A true champion. But she is from a different era. There is no need to try decide which is better. Sally couldn't run 1500 and Herb couldn't hurdle worth a darn.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by mal View Post
                                Quite unfair. Back in Elliott's day there was no pro support, nor any funding other than a 9 - 5 job.

                                [snip]

                                Sally is a wonderful competitor. A true champion. But she is from a different era.

                                [snip]
                                To highlight mal's point, here are the number of Australia athletes with an international career of 8 years or more by the decade in which they started. The sum of career lengths is also included.

                                The trend is clear:

                                Decade Years(M) Athletes(M) Years(F) Athletes(F)
                                20s 11 1 0 0
                                30s 13 1 0 0
                                40s 0 0 9 1
                                50s 36 4 38 4
                                60s 163 17 108 9
                                70s 144 14 146 13
                                80s 263 23 326 28
                                90s 394 35 330 31
                                2000s 387 36 302 26
                                The athletes from the 1950's are:
                                • Edward 'Ted' Allsopp (20k/50k W)
                                • Albert 'Albie' Thomas (1.5k/5k/10k)
                                • Ronald Crawford (20k/50k W)
                                • Nicholas 'Nick' Birks (JT)

                                • Michele Brown (Mason) (HJ)
                                • Elizabeth 'Betty' Cuthbert (100/200/400)
                                • Anna Bocson (Wojtaszek/Pazera) (JT)
                                • Helen Frith (LJ/HJ/Pent)



                                Data thanks to Paul Jenes et al via www.athletics.com.au

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