Pearson shocked by Wells
Kellie Wells claimed an impressive victory at Crystal Palace
Earlier this week, Sally Pearson was being backed for Olympic gold in the 100 metres hurdles "as if she's unbeatable" according to one bookmaker in her native Australia.
That was hardly surprising considering she had won 31 of her previous 32 races, but on Saturday the world champion suffered a shock defeat to American Kellie Wells in the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace. Wells clocked a time of 12.57 seconds to edge out Pearson by 0.02secs, with the 25-year-old Australian declining to talk to reporters after the race.
"To beat somebody like Sally Pearson gives me a lot of confidence," Wells said. "The hurdles is tricky, if you negotiate them well you will do really good but if you make one mistake it can take you out of the race. So today was good."
There was also a surprise defeat for another world champion in the flat 100m, with America's Carmelita Jeter beaten by 0.02s by Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare.
World champion Christian Taylor won the men's triple jump with a best of 17.41m in the final round, the American enjoying a comfortable victory as the only man to jump over 17m. Britain's Phillips Idowu - runner-up to Taylor in Daegu last year - pulled out before the start with a hip injury.
France's Christophe Lemaitre put in an impressive performance to win the 200m in 19.91s, the European 100m champion taking 0.4s off his season's best, while world champion Kirani James won the 400m in 44.85s.
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