World champion Pearson sizzles on a wet night



MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — World champion Sally Pearson has declared her Olympic intentions early, running the fastest 100-meter hurdles ever on Australian soil on a drizzly Saturday night in Melbourne.

Pearson won 19 hurdles races in a row last year, including her world championship win at Daegu, South Korea, before she tumbled over a hurdle at Brussels in her last race of the season.

Three races into her 2012 season, she flew out of the blocks and pulled away from the field to win in 12.49 seconds at the Australian Olympic trials, her fourth-fastest time. American Yvette Lewis was second in 13.22.