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Olympic Games 2008: Lolo Jones leads U.S. trio into 100m hurdles finals

18 August 2008
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By Dave Ungrady

American women ran the three fastest times in the semi-final rounds of the 100 meter hurdles Monday at the Beijing Olympics and qualified for the final scheduled for Tuesday.

Lolo Jones, who owns the fastest time in the world this year, led all qualifiers with a personal best 12.43 and won the first of two semifinal heats. "I don't remember the start too much," Jones said. "Once in the middle I got my rhythm. Once I got my rhythm, everything clicked."

Damu Cherry won the second semifinal in 12.62, followed is second place by Dawn Harper in 12.66.

"I knew I had to turn it up today to make the final," Cherry said. "You do what you gotta do. I feel better today. I had the flu. I'm going to do what I have to do."

"Besides kicking one of the hurdles, it was a good race for me," said Harper.

Brigitte Foster Hylton, raned third in the world this year, finished third in heat two in 12.76.

American Sheena Tosta led all qualifiers to the finals in the women’s 400-meter hurdles on Monday. Tosta won the first heat of the semifinals Monday in 54.07, the fastest time of the day. Tiffany Ross-Williams of the United States finished third in the second heat in 54.99 and also advanced to the final on Tuesday. American Queen Harrison finished seventh and did not advance.

In men’s 200 meters on Monday, 100-meter Olympic champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica qualified easily for the semifinals by winning his second round heat in 20.29. American Shawn Crawford, the 2004 Athens Olympics champion in the event, finished second behind Bolt in 20.42.

Americans Walter Dix and Wallace Spearmon, Jr. also advanced to the semifinals. Dix finished second in heat 2 in 20.27 and Spearmon, Jr. ran 20.39 and finished second in heat 4.

The men’s 200 semifinal will take place Tuesday and the final is scheduled for Wednesday.



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Damu Cherry won the second semifinal in 12.62, followed is second place by Dawn Harper in 12.66.
"I knew I had to turn it up today to make the final," Cherry said. "You do what you gotta do. I feel better today. I had the flu. I'm going to do what I have to do."
"Besides kicking one of the hurdles, it was a good race for me," said Harper.
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