Rollins Strikes Gold, Captures World Championship in the 100 Hurdles
"I feel great, my birthday is tomorrow, so I have two great things to celebrate," Rollins told USA Track & Field after the win. "I'm just thankful, and I just thank God for blessing me with this opportunity. I didn't panic when I had such a bad start, I just continued to focus on my own 10 hurdles, and just try to finish the race strong. It's just such a great year, it's a blessed year, that's how I can describe it."
Despite a poor start, Rollins rallied and took charge by using her speed between the hurdles. Her time of 12.44 was the best performance of the three championship rounds this week, by any athlete. Her victory was significant in that it was her first head-to-head meeting with 2011 World Champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Sally Pearson of Australia. She also took down 2008 Olympic gold medalist, USA teammate Dawn Harper-Nelson. Pearson was runner-up in 12.50.
Rollins cruised through the first two rounds, winning by margins of 0.3 and 0.19 seconds in the prelim and semifinal, respectively. She posted consistent times, running 12.55 in the opening round and 12.54 in the semifinal. Her semifinal time was actually four hundredths slower than Pearson, but she made up for it in the final despite the slow start.
With the win, Rollins upped her unbeaten streak in the high hurdles to 25 straight in 2013. She was not defeated in 17 collegiate races, and has not yet been beaten in eight races (including preliminary and semifinal rounds) since turning professional after the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June.