• Sally Pearson (R) has finished third at the Diamond League athletics meet in Glasgow. (AAP)
Pearson still improving after injury but the Glasgow Games may arrive too early for the Olympic and Commonwealth 100m hurdles champion.
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13 Jul 2014 - 1:25 AM  UPDATED 13 Jul 2014 - 9:22 PM

Champion hurdler Sally Pearson wishes the Commonwealth Games were in a month's time, rather than a fortnight.

With an extra two weeks she knows she'd be racing at 100 per cent but, as it stands, now five-and-a-half weeks after injuring her hamstring in Rome, she admits the doubts over her fitness will linger.

The 27-year-old Olympic and Commonwealth gold medal winner continued to shave her times with a 12.87s to claim third in the Diamond League event in Glasgow on Saturday.

It was 0.02s faster than her effort in Paris the previous weekend and bettered her main Games rival, British runner Tiffany Porter, by .01s but was still well short of Pearson's best.

"The placing is definitely a step in the right direction - the time not so much," Pearson said.

Similar to her run in Paris, Pearson again was unable to produce an explosive finish - a concern she admits she will work hard to fix in the coming fortnight.

The main problem is that she has to get everything right by July 31st, which leaves very little margin for error in her preparation.

"I wish it was another two more weeks away, but that's alright," she said.

"It's not. And we're doing everything we can to get back into it.

"I beat the main rival (on Saturday) in Tiffany which is the most important thing.

"I've got to keep her in close contact so I know that I have a really good chance of regaining my title this year."

Pearson, who finished behind American pair Queen Harrison (12.58) and Lolo Jones (12.68), said she had regained confidence in her hamstring but admitted the injury would sit in the back of her mind for some time yet.

"Obviously it's always going to be in the back of your mind whether you're thinking about it or not," she said.

"But at this point in time my confidence is back where I want it to be.

"Now it's all about getting my body to do what my head is telling it to do - and that's run faster."

She will race again in Lucerne, Switzerland, on Tuesday before bunkering down with the squad in Gateshead, England, ahead of the Glasgow Games.

Meanwhile, reigning Commonwealth Games pole vault champion Alana Boyd was unable to repeat her season-best 4.65m effort from Germany last week - bowing out of competition in eighth place at the 4.55m mark, with Brazil's Fabiana Murer claiming gold with a best attempt of 4.65m.

Great Britain's great medal hope in the event, Sally Peake, also failed three times at 4.55m.

And in the women's 3000m steeplechase, 24-year-old Genevieve Lacaze posted a personal best time of 9:33.19 to finish ninth, ahead of Australian team-mates Madeleine Heiner (10th with a personal best of 9:36.31) and Victoria Mitchell (13th; 9:49.29), but nearly 23 seconds behind the winner Hiwat Ayalew from Ethiopia (9:10.64).

Australian women's 100m record holder Melissa Breen finished fifth in the 'b' event in a time of 11.38s - won by the Netherlands' Dafne Schippers in 11.03s.

And the men's 4x100m crew of Jin Su Jung, Jarrod Geddes, Jake Hammond and Tim Leathart finished fourth in a time of 39.35s.