The finals of the women's 100-meter hurdles, one of the most anticipated races of these Olympic Games, will be held at 4 p.m. EDT. Americans Dawn Harper, Lolo Jones and Kellie Wells are being heavily touted as finalists with Jones and Harper favored for the gold.
Everyone has their eyes set on Jones, who is from Iowa. She fell short in Beijing the last time, but what a comeback she has made. She came third at the US Olympic trials behind Harper and Wells.
Harper benefited from Jones’ stumble at Beijing and went on to win the gold medal. She underwent a second knee surgery in 2011 and took home the bronze medal at the world championships and scored a personal best of 12.47 seconds. Harper won first place at the US Olympic trials.
Wells from Virginia is a strong contender as well. She won the 2011 US outdoor championships with a personal best of 12.50. She broke her arm in early 2012, but that did not keep her away much, as she came back into action soon winning second place at US trials. This would be her first appearance at the Olympic Games.
Australia’s Sally Pearson won the silver medal at Beijing last time and went on to win the Commonwealth Games in India. At the 2011 world championships, Pearson won first place with 12.28, the fourth-fastest time in the history of the women's 100-meter hurdles. Pearson is a very strong contender aiming at the Olympic Gold.
Round one of the women’s 100 meter hurdles had some interesting results with Harper running a 12.65, Jones running a 12.68, Wells running a 12.54, and Pearson running a 12.40. The semifinals are Tuesday at 2:15 p.m., Eastern Time.
It will indeed be a tough call for all the runners this time, as everyone seems confident and geared towards winning the gold. With spirits running high, let’s see who delivers and takes home the gold medal.