Olympics 2012: 5 Olympians Who Disappointed at the Summer Games

Mary O'ConnorCorrespondent IAugust 9, 2012

Olympics 2012: 5 Olympians Who Disappointed at the Summer Games

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    The Summer Olympics only come around every four years, which means it is a long time to wait for a second chance. 

    Many athletes rise to the occasion and flourish in their given event, but the margin for error is minuscule, leaving some Olympic hopefuls tired and teary.

    Even though it is always refreshing to see the underdog produce a groundbreaking performance, it is hard to see a medal hopeful with a bare neck, wishing for a restart.

    Here are my 5 Olympians who disappointed at the Summer Games.

LoLo Jones

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    LoLo Jones is infamous for her heart-breaking hurdle clash at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Jones was on her way to victory, but finished in seventh place after her encounter with the second-to-last hurdle.

    At this year's Olympics, Jones looked unsteady, did not even receive automatic qualification for the final and only got into the finals by the skin of her teeth, despite being a medal contender.

    Jones' performance in the final was lackluster. She placed fourth overall, losing out to Sally Pearson of Australia and both her American teammates, which included Dawn Harper, who picked up the gold in Beijing after Jones lost the battle with the second last hurdle.

    Jones not only has to deal with the disappointment of finishing in the dreaded fourth position, but was also tackled by the media who unfairly compared her to Anna Kournikova.

    In response to the negative criticism the NY Daily News reported Jones to have said:

    “They should be supporting our US Olympic athletes and instead they just ripped me to shreds. I just thought that that was crazy because I worked six days a week, every day, for four years for a 12-second race and the fact that they just tore me apart, which is heartbreaking.”

Dai Greene

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    Dai Greene, captain of the British athletics team, did not contribute to Britain’s medal tally when he finished a disappointing fourth on Monday night in the men’s 400-Meter hurdles race.

    Greene was tipped as a hot favorite for the hurdle race but never looked in contention from gun to tape.

    After the race, the reigning world champion looked somewhat rattled and according to Wales Online, Greene was reported to have said:

    “Immediately after the race I was not so bad, but after a while it hit home what had just happened. I got more depressed as the night went on as I thought about events.”

Tyson Gay

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    Tyson Gay will be looking for redemption in the men's 4x100-Meter relay after coming up short in the 100-Meter sprint on Sunday night.

    Gay had a blistering season running and before the Bolt era, his time of 9.80 seconds would have been enough to dominate the event at every other Olympics.

    The race was arguable the most hotly contested event of the London Olympics. Gay has been adorned with World Golds in both the 100-Meter and 200-Meter events but has never struck gold at the Olympics.

    After the race, teary-eyed Gay was reported by USA Today to have said:

    "I tried, man. I tried. I gave it everything I had."

Philips Idowu

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    Philips Idowu, former Olympic silver medal holder and world champion, crashed out of the qualifying rounds in the triple jump after finishing a disappointing 14th, two places outside of the top 12.

    Idowu jumped 16.53 meters, a long way short of 17.10 meters (the qualification standard needed in order to advance to the final.)

    Idowu, nicknamed the "invisible man" due to his absence from Great Britain's training camp, tore his signature headband off in anger after he realized his Olympic dreams were over.

    Following his performance, The Guardian reported Idowu to have said:

    "It's not good. I was supposed to come out here and qualify and I didn't."

LaShawn Merritt

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    Defending champion LaShawn Merritt was forced to pull up in the 400-Meter race due to a tender hamstring turning the one lap race into a free for all.

    Merritt's injury may also hamper the US' chances in the 4x400-Meter relay, which they have won successively for the last eight Olympics.

    Merritt, the fastest man in the world this year, was supposed to be the anchor leg before his Olympic dreams went up in flames.

    After the race, The Telegraph reported Merritt to have said:

    "I thought I could get through the round not 100 percent but I got out and got to the curve and I could feel it."