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Olympic champion feared her hand would be amputated following 'bone explosion'

Australia’s Sally Pearson hopes to come back stronger for the Rio Olympics next summer.

pearson Pearson was in agony after the nasty fall at the Rome Diamond League.

OLYMPIC HURDLES CHAMPION Sally Pearson feared that she would lose her left hand following a horror fall in Rome earlier this month.

The Australian will need further surgery after she shattered her wrist at the Rome Diamond League, with Italian doctors describing the injury as a ‘bone explosion’.

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Pearson, 28, will miss the IAAF World Championships in Beijing this August but hopes to come back even stronger at the Rio Olympics where she will be defending her 100m gold.

“I was terrified seeing my hand going in a different direction,” she told reporters on Monday. ”I thought they would have to amputate.”

“I’ve never broken a bone, I’ve never had stitches or surgery before.

“Doing all of that in one, in a different country, was very traumatic for me.

“But I do put things into perspective and think I am very lucky with what happened.

“If it had been the ankle, it would be a completely different story right now and I’d be telling you something different.”

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