GOLDEN MOMENT: Sally Pearson at the world titles in London in 2017
GOLDEN MOMENT: Sally Pearson at the world titles in London in 2017 Takehiko Suzuki

Sally Pearson's trial run for Games glory

ATHLETICS: Sally Pearson will take centre stage at Carrara Stadium for the first time on Saturday night.

It promises to be the first of many times in the next couple of months.

Pearson (pictured) will be the unbackable favourite at the Australian Commonwealth Games trials in the 100m hurdles, with the heats and final scheduled for this evening.

The 31-year-old has bettered the qualifying standard a dozen times - most notably when she clocked 12.48 seconds last August in London to win a second world title to sit alongside her 2012 Olympic crown.

Pearson is the two-time defending Commonwealth champion, but the 2018 Games shape as an extra-special occasion as they are hosted by her hometown.

"There's obviously more pressure because people are coming to watch you race and everyone is really, really excited and can't wait to get there,” Pearson said.

Brianna Beahan and Michelle Jenneke are best placed to claim the two other spots on offer in the Australian squad in the 100m hurdles, but in reality they are racing for second spot at best.

Pearson is set to to compete in two events at the April 4-15 Games, having also made herself available for the 4x100m relay for the first time in several years.- AAP

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