Silver and bronze OK too: Pearson

She may be Australia's golden girl, but Sally Pearson thinks it's about time the Olympic medal table started treating all colours equally.

The 100m hurdling champion says all the fuss about Australia's healthy silver count - compared to just six golds - is not a debate worth having.

"I don't like that the medal tally is only calculated by gold medals," Pearson told AAP, less than 48 hours after her nail-biting victory.

"It suggests silver and bronze just don't mean anything.

"Silver's not so bad."

Australia currently sits 10th on the overall medal tally, but would climb two spots if it was ordered by total medals won with 27 (12 silver, nine bronze).

Pearson almost single-handedly lifted the spirits of a nation by coming good on one of Australia's strongest gold medal predictions in London on Tuesday.

And she did it by a whisker, winning by just two-hundredths of a second over American and defending Olympic champion Dawn Harper.

But asked if her gold had salvaged Australia's London campaign after the early heartbreak of James Magnussen's silver in the 100m freestyle or the men's 4x100m freestyle relay, Pearson went on the defensive.

"I don't really like the question because I don't believe we've done poorly," she said.

"People don't realise how hard it is to be an Olympian.

"You're on the edge of completely falling to bits or doing something incredible on the track or in the pool or on a bike.

"It's a really tough call that people are making on the Australian team."

She pointed the finger squarely at the media for putting the idea "into the public head space and saying it's not good enough."

Pearson has had a dizzying two days of media engagements since her win and has barely squeezed in time to see her family and coach Sharon Hannan.

She has a few more European races before getting some relaxation time at home on the Gold Coast at the end of the month.

"I'm actually a very boring person," she said.

"Just being at home is the most exciting thing."