Lolo Jones: Complete Olympic Schedule and Predictions
Lolo Jones is ready for redemption after failing to meet her objective at the 2008 Olympics. She lost her timing between hurdles and clipped the second-to-last bar, ending her dream of an Olympic gold medal…in Beijing at least.
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. While that’s not good enough in the water, third place does provide a spot in the Olympics, and that is all Jones was looking for in Eugene.
Her goal will be different in London. She wants to win gold, but she is facing a vicious field of competitors.
Where will Jones finish?
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.
I'm only gonna get more feisty as the days click down before my race. P.M.S.Pre- Meet- Syndrome. Its real folks.— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) July 31, 2012
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.
This is where life will get difficult. She will finish ahead of Wells, but Harper will pose a tough challenge.
Jones can take the silver medal, but if Pearson runs a solid race neither American will catch her.
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