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Lolo Jones Fails to Medal in 2012 Olympic Women's 100m Hurdles

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  Lolo Jones of the United States competes in the Women's 100m Hurdles Semifinals on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2012

With all of the hype that surrounded the polarizing Lolo Jones coming into the 2012 London Olympics, many fans expected huge success in the track and field star’s best Olympic event, the 100-meter hurdles.

With a time of 12.58 seconds, Jones settled for fourth place and no medal. Fellow Americans Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells came in second and third, giving the U.S. a pair of medals despite Jones' struggles. 

Jones felt heartbreak in 2008 when she lost the chance at a medal by clipping the second-to-last hurdle at the Beijing Olympics, and surely the mainstream star has felt that same pain once again.

This time, though, she may not bounce back.

 

What It Means

At 30 years old, there aren't many experts who believe Jones has the chance to come back for the 2016 Olympics; not many 34-year-olds win medals in the 100-meter hurdles.

While her lack of Olympic success will undoubtedly hurt her long-term legacy, her prowess in domestic events still makes her one of the greatest American hurdlers of all time.

There is great disappointment from the fans that had really pulled for her, but their unwavering support will help the enigmatic star get through another test of her mental fortitude.

 

What’s Next?

While the letdown of this event would destroy most stars, Lolo has so much to fall back on that she may be able to overcome this adversity better than most.

The fact that the track and field star didn’t win a medal won’t stop the endorsement deals or the intrigue that the star has earned by admitting that she is a 30-year-old virgin.

With a charismatic personality and a story worth telling, the U.S. public can still expect to see plenty of Lolo as one of the faces of Team USA’s track and field program.

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Sally Pearson, AUS 12.35
2 Dawn Harper, USA 12.37
3 Kellie Wells, USA 12.48
4 Lolo Jones, USA 12.58
5 Nevin Yanit, TUR 12.58
6 Phylicia George, CAN 12.65
7 Jessica Zelinka, CAN 12.69
8 Beate Schrott, AUT 13.07

 

Check back for more on the 2012 Summer Olympics as it comes, and don’t miss Bleacher Report’s Olympics page to get your fill of the best athletes the world has to offer.

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