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Olympic Games 2008: American Harper wins 100-meter hurdles

19 August 2008

Dawn Harper (Image of Sport) Dawn Harper (Image of Sport)
By Dave Ungrady

1. Dawn Harper (USA) - 12.54
2. Sally McLellan (AUS) - 12.64
3. Priscilla Lopes-Schliep (CAN) - 12.64
4. Damu Cherry (USA) - 12.65
5. Delloreen Ennis-London (JAM) - 12.65
6. Brigitte Foster-Hylton (JAM) - 12.66
7. LoLo Jones (USA) - 12.72
8. Sarah Claxton (GBR) - 12.94

An American won the women’s 100-meter hurdles Tuesday at the Beijing Olympics, but it was not Lolo Jones as anticipated.

Dawn Harper, who had not won a major U.S. or international race all season, won the gold medal in a personal best 12.54 seconds. Sally McLellan of Australia won the silver medal in 12.64 and Priscilla Lopes-Schliep of Canada won bronze, also in 12.64. Jones finished seventh in 12.72, her second slowest time of 2008.

Harper almost did not qualify for the Beijing Games. She finished third at the U.S. Olympic trials in early July, but earned the last qualifying spot by .007 seconds ahead of the fourth place runner.

Jones, who won the trials, had not lost a race since June 6, when she finished second at the Bislett Games in Norway. Jones has the top time in the world this year at 12.43, while Harper entered the Games with the 10th best time at 12.58.

Damu Cherry of the United States finished fourth in 12.65.

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