Sally Pearson shares pregnancy news

Melissa Woods
Olympic champion Sally Pearson retired from athletics in August last year

Retired Olympic champion Sally Pearson will have her hands full during the Tokyo Games, with a baby rather than a gold medal.

Pearson, who announced her retirement in August, has confirmed she is pregnant with her first child, which is due just before the 2020 Olympics opening ceremony in July.

A 100m hurdles gold medallist at the 2012 Olympics and 2011 and 2017 world champion, Pearson shared the news via social media.

On Monday night she posted a photo of a pair of baby shoes alongside her running spikes positioned in blocks.

She followed that up on Tuesday morning with a photo of her holding an ultrasound image of the baby and her husband Kieran holding the baby shoes.

"My husband Kieran and I are pleased to announce that we are expecting our first child," 33-year-old Pearson wrote.

"To start the next chapter of our lives with such joy and love is more than we could've ever hoped for.

"We are looking forward to meeting our little one in July this year, just before the Tokyo Olympics start!! Gotta start them young."