Sally Pearson's silence was golden, but her gold would not be silent

By Malcolm Knox
Updated August 30 2014 - 12:18am, first published 1:02am

Sally Pearson is far from the first athlete to find peace and even a kind of privacy out on the stage, in front of millions. But surely no-one can have made the fiendish task of tearing up a 100m course of tightly-spaced hurdles at full pace look as natural as breathing.