Des Moines-native Lolo Jones is competing in the 100 meter hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics, hoping to win the gold that eluded her in Beijing in 2008.
Lolo ran a season best of 12.6 seconds Monday, winning her heat to easily advance to the semifinals Tuesday.
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Lolo Jones advanced to the finals with a time of 12.71 seconds, which was the slowest time out of the eight competitors who qualified. She finished third in her heat of the semifinals, behind Dawn Harper of the U.S. and Jessica Zelinka of Canada.
In the finals, Lolo finished fourth – just outside of the medals with a time of 12.58 seconds. Fellow-Americans Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells finished ahead of Lolo. Harper won the silver and Wells won the bronze.
The gold medal went to Australia’s Sally Pearson who set an Olympic record in the event with a time of 12.35 seconds.
You can watch the event during primetime Tuesday night on NBC.
Lolo talked with the Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie in an interview that aired Tuesday morning, about her disappointment at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
“Lots of people would’ve quit,” said Savannah.
Lolo replied, “There was still just that fire when I ran. With every step, I’m just beating out the problems of my life.”
The former Des Moines Roosevelt star was two seconds from gold when she clipped the ninth hurdle. The mistake cost her any medal.