Lolo Jones has become one of the most popular and recognizable faces at the 2012 Olympics. After her disappointing final at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where she lost her timing between hurdles and clipped the second-to-last bar which ate up all of her momentum. She finished out of the medals in that race after leading for most of it. She hopes to redeem herself here at the London Olympic games.
She will compete in the 100-meter hurdles with three stages spread over two days, starting on Day 10:
Round 1: Monday, August 6: 5:05 a.m. ET
Semifinals: Tuesday, August 7: 2:15 p.m. ET
Final: Tuesday, August 7: 4:00 p.m. ET
World Record: 12.21 seconds, Yordanka Donkova, Bulgaria, 1988
Olympic Record: 12.37 seconds, Joanna Hayes, United States, 2004 Olympics
Personal Best: 12.56, July, 2006
Jones placed third at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials in the 100-meter hurdles, and made the Olympic team which is all she was looking to do. Her goal will be different in London. She wants to win gold a gold medal, but she may have left her best chance back in Beijing.
Teammate Dawn Harper won the 100 hurdles at the Olympic Trials and also won the gold medal in Beijing following Jones’ stumble. They are joined by teammate Kelli Wells, who would like to medal in her first Olympics.
There is one international competitor that figures to get in the way of an American sweep of the podium. Australia’s Sally Pearson finished second behind Harper in 2008 and has been steadily improving. She is the defending World Champion, posting a time of 12.28. Jones will cruise in her Round 1 race. There is little reason for her to press, as a middle lane in the semifinals won’t require her to open up her stride.
She’ll advance out of the semifinals as well and will make a hard run at Lane 5 in the finals. She has been training very well and is sharp and focused at these Games, but her competition has caught up and it doesn’t look like Lolo will win Gold.