Watch out Europe, here comes Sally
With less than 50 days to go until the
commencement of the world championships, Olympic silver medallist
Sally McLellan has declared she’s stronger than
ever and can't wait to pit herself up against the world's
elite over the next two months.
The 22-year-old departs for
Europe tomorrow, where a gruelling pre-world championships schedule
of nine competitions in 26 days awaits, kicking off with
Sotteville, France on July 5.
McLellan, who just missed the final
in Osaka two years ago, is confident that she will make an impact
“My goals are to just to make the final and do a personal best this
season," said McLellan, who set a lifetime best of 12.53sec in
Monaco last year.
“I’m not putting any pressure on myself being an Olympic silver
medallist going into the world championships.
“If I make the final anything can happen, as it did in the
Olympics. I’m feeling pretty confident this year
McLellan is looking forward to the challenge of competing against
the best 100m hurdlers in the world, none more so than Olympic gold
medallist Dawn Harper who captured her first-ever USA national
title on the weekend.
Assisted by a 2.2 m/s tailwind, Harper clocked 12.36 seconds, the
fourth-fastest time ever by an American under any conditions.
"It's going to be hard work for me, but it's really
exciting for Dawn to run 12.36 with probably the best conditions
around at the moment with a 2.2m tailwind," continued
"She's going to be a hard one to beat but I think I'll
be a hard one to beat as well because I'm stronger than I ever
One notable absentee from the world championships will be American
Lola Jones, the pre-Olympic favourite, who tripped in the Beijing
final and faded to seventh.
Jones injured her hamstring two weeks ago, and entered the cut
throat US trials underdone. Misfortune arose once again and she
crashed into the fourth hurdle and failed to finish her
Joining Harper in the formidable US team will be reigning world
champion Michelle Perry, Ginnie Powell and Olympic Games
fourth-place finisher Damu Cherry.
However McLellan expects the Jamaicans and the Canadians, led by
Priscilla Lopes-Schliep who has the fastest time in the world of
12.52 this year, will be just as strong.
The Queenslander will have one final hitout on home soil today on
the Gold Coast, before she flies to Europe on Wednesday.
McLellan has competed nearly every weekend on her home track,
running 12.92 and 13.03 respectively in the last ten days.
“I don’t have as much competition as the Americans may have, so I
find it really difficult.
“That’s why I’m not too disappointed with some of my times because
I’m only running against the clock and against myself.
“Those girls aren’t running much faster than me, with competition
and good conditions, so it’s quite exciting to see what’s going to
McLellan has earnt her stripes as one of the 'must have'
athletes of the European summer, meet organisers eager to have her
name on their start lists.
She will compete at the Rome (July 10) and Paris (July 17) Golden
League meets, along with four Super Grand Prix meets, Lausanne
(July 7), London (July 24/25), Monaco (July 28) and Stockholm (July
"Last year the problem was that I didn't get enough
competitions in before the Olympics.
"It's the same amount of racing that I did last year but
it's put into a shorter amount of time."
McLellan will finalise her preparations at the Australian team camp
in Cologne, Germany ahead the heats of the women's 100m hurdles
which will be held in Berlin on August 18.