Olympic hurdles champion Pearson splits with coach
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's Olympic hurdles champion Sally Pearson has split with her coach Sharon Hannan after 14 years, citing a need for a fresh start.
The 27-year-old Pearson, who won 100 meters hurdles gold at the London Games, was runner-up to American Brianna Rollins at this year's world championships in Moscow in defense of her 2011 title.
"The time is right for us to go our separate ways," Pearson said in a statement on Athletics Australia's website (www.athletics.com.au) on Wednesday.
"Sharon has made me into a champion but I feel that to move to another level I need to freshen up my approach to training, develop fresh ideas and incorporate new challenges into the way I do business.
"My competitors are always striving to make themselves better and I must do the same."
Pearson would investigate her coaching options with Athletics Australia and make an announcement in the near future, the statement said.
Hannan said: "Yes I am disappointed, but Sally and I discussed the options and she believes this is best for her.
"We had some amazing performances. We have conquered the world and I wish her every success for the future and hope that she continues to conquer the world."
A self-taught coach, Hannan first spotted Pearson as a young girl at a regional junior championship in Australia's northeastern Queensland state and guided her to a silver medal in the 100m hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Continued...