Lolo Jones 2012 Olympics: Results, Analysis and More
American track star Lolo Jones is looking for redemption in the form of a gold medal in London this summer.
The 29-year-old Iowa native had Olympic greatness in her sights in Beijing in 2008, pulling away from the field in the 100-meter hurdles, but a stumble on the second-to-last hurdle cost her a podium finish.
Four years later, the heartbreak of coming up short in China is driving Jones to medal in that very same event.
Although the competition will be tough, and the pressure will be tense, Jones has the opportunity to live up to the hype and realize her dreams in 2012.
Here we provide results and analysis on Lolo Jones' quest for a first Olympic medal.
*Times and Information Courtesy of NBCOlympics.com.
Women's 100-Meter Hurdles: Round 1
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UPDATE: Monday, August 6 at 9:10 a.m. by Mike Hoag, Jr.
Lolo Jones impressed in the first round qualifier for women's 100-meter hurdles on Tuesday morning. She blew past the competition of her opening round heat and posted the second fasted times of the entire field (12.68).
First place went to defending world champion Sally Pearson of Australia. Pearson ran the fastest opening round in Olympics history in the 100-meter hurdles with a score of 12.57.
Third place, behind Jones, went to fellow countrywoman Kellis Wells. Wells finished just one-hundredth of a second after Jones (12.69).
Another American, Dawn Harper also qualified with a 12.75.
When: Monday, August 6 at 5:05 a.m. ET
Before Jones can land on the podium in London, she has to outlast some of the world's best hurdlers in the opening round of the women's 100-meter hurdles on Monday.
Teammates Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells promise to be strong competition throughout the 100-meter hurdles event, as well as Australian Sally Pearson. Pearson won silver in the event in Beijing and won gold at the 2011 World Championships.
In 2008, Jones was the fifth fastest in the preliminary round, finishing in a time of 12.71 seconds, winning her heat. The same will be expected of Jones in 2012, although she doesn't have to win if she brings home a solid time.
Women's 100-Meter Hurdles: Semifinals
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When: Tuesday, August 7 at 2:15 p.m. ET
If Jones is fast enough in the preliminary round then she will move on with 15 other hurdlers in into the semifinals on Day 11.
Jones will race in one of two eight-hurdler semifinals that will send the top four finishers in each to the final less than two hours later.
Jones just has to be one of the eight fastest hurdlers in the world to race for a medal in Tuesday's final. In Beijing, Jones dominated the semifinals, finishing with the fastest time in the field, 12.43 seconds.
Women's 100-Meter Hurdles: Final
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Update: Tuesday, August 7 at 4:10 p.m. ET
Lolo Jones placed fourth in the women's 100-meter hurdles on Tuesday, finishing with a time of 12.58 seconds.
Jones was edged by gold medal winner Sally Pearson of Great Britain (12.35 seconds) and fellow Americans Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells.
Jones actually posted a season best in the final, but Pearson set an Olympic record in the event and Harper and Wells each recorded personal bests.
Jones has nothing to be ashamed about in what was a high-quality final.
When: Tuesday, August 7 at 4 p.m. ET
If Lolo Jones can qualify and earn one of eight spots in the final, then all of her training and preparation will come full circle in the women's 100-meter hurdles final on Day 11.
Jones will have to erase all thoughts of the 2008 Summer Games out of her head and run the race she is more than capable of running.
In 2008, Jones' late stumble cost her gold and pushed her all the way back to seventh, finishing in a time of 12.72 seconds. With Harper and Pearson breathing down her neck once again this summer, Jones can ill-afford another mistake.
Although standing atop the podium with a silver or bronze medal clinched between her teeth wouldn't be a failure for Jones in 2012, anything less than gold would be disappointing for an athlete who has become the topic of conversation for every reason other then achieving Olympic success