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Lolo Jones' Olympics 2012: Another Bittersweet Event Without Medal



For Lolo Jones, Olympics 2012 has become another bittersweet event, which left her without a medal.

The American hurdler finished fourth in the women's 100-meter hurdles final Tuesday night.

“Obviously, I’m crushed,” Jones said. “I guess all the people talking about me can have their night and laugh.”

Jones' time of 12.58 seconds fell a tenth of a second short of an Olympic medal.

Australian Sally Pearson made an Olympics-record in 12.35 seconds, edging defending champion Dawn Harper of the U.S., who finished with 12.37 seconds.

The bronze medal also went to the U.S., with Kellie Wells finishing in 12.48 seconds.

Jones' record was the fastest she has ever run since 2010, according to Sports Illustrated.

"As an athlete, you never want to make excuses. I did the best I could tonight with the cards I was dealt," Jones told reporters.

For the 30-year-old Lolo Jones, the London Olympics 2012 is most likely her last chance, which she missed, to score a medal.

"In '08, I tasted the medal,'' said Jones. "Here I was just clawing my way through each round and trying to get on the team. It was a different experience. [After crossing the finish line] I kind of figured I was out of the medals. But I was saying a prayer that I could sneak in.''

In Beijing Olympics in 2008, Jones was leading for most of the race the race until she hit the ninth hurdle, which brought her down to seventh place.

"It was like racing a car at max velocity. When you hit a curve, you either maintain control or you crash and burn," Lolo Jones said after the race in 2008. "Today, I crashed and burned. I'm shocked and sad. But I'm happy for the girls."

This time, too, the Olympics turned out to be bittersweet for her.

Asked of her future plan, Jones responded, saying, "I always wanted Rio to be my last Olympics. Now that I have two bittersweet Olympics, man, I don't know. Every time I come here, I get burned. I'm really disappointed in myself and I feel like I let a lot of people down.''

The frustration is imaginable, after Jones suffered two hamstring injuries and a spinal cord setback this past year and finally qualified for the Olympics Games.

“I was just hoping a prayer, a chance I’d be able to scoop away a medal,” Jones said.


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Aug 08, 2012 10:50 AM EDT


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